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Cardinal condemns Israeli Arafat threat

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano has condemned a threat against Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, urging the application of international law to the solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

"In what code of the world is such an action possible?" Cardinal Angelo Sodano asked on Saturday.

He was responding to statements made by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon against the president of the Palestinian National Authority on Friday.

"Nations have created law even in times of war. Our civilization must go forward, not backward," the cardinal said.

"Where is legality in that region today?" the cardinal asked. "There are United Nations resolutions and they must be applied. We must not forget them. If we want legality, let us begin from there."

"We must not have two weight measures. International law is valid for Italy, for Iraq, for Israel and for Palestine," he said in statements published today by the Italian press.

Cardinal Sodano Condemns Israeli Threat Against Arafat (Zenit 25/4/04)

Cardinal Sodano raps Israeli policies (Catholic World News 26/4/04)
Sharon: Arafat may be targeted (United Press International/Washington Times 23/4/04)

27 Apr 2004