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Vatican will back UN mandate in Iraq

The Holy See will back a UN resolution calling for a greater UN role in Iraq, the Vatican's top foreign-policy official has disclosed.

Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo told Vatican Radio said that the Holy See also support "the quickest possible transfer of powers in Iraq."

In an interview broadcast yesterday, the archbishop reported that he had spoken at length about Iraq during a visit to London last week, exchanging views with British government officials.

He said it was "extremely important" for him, in his role as the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States, to speak directly with British leaders, and ensure that each side clearly understood the other's position.

The archbishop told the British officials that the Vatican hoped a UN force in Iraq would be established with "a strong enough mandate to play an important role in establishing peace in the country and in the creation of democratic institutions for the nation."

Vatican will back UN mandate in Iraq (Catholic World News 18/5/04)

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Vatican delegate visits London (Indepedent Catholic News 11/5/04)
Vatican says Iraqi prison abuse a scandal that 'offends God' (CathNews 11/5/04)

19 May 2004