The Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue and the International Islamic Organizations have published a joint communiqué appealing to the parties of the conflict and the international community to put an end to the hostilities.
    The communiqué is the result of the work of the Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee, which was established in 1995 by the Holy See and the Moslem associations to promote mutual cooperation.
    In the document, the Committee "expresses its grave concern over current situations in the world afflicted by violence, destruction and war. This concern is particularly acute in regard to the situation in Kosovo and the Balkans region."
    In addition, the Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee "strongly condemns the harm done to innocent civilians, particularly women, children and the elderly, and all violations of human dignity and human rights." For this reason, the "Committee appeals to all sides and to the international community to do their utmost to put an end to the hostilities."
    The Holy See's Committee and the Moslem Organizations "urge all people who believe in the one God, and in particular the religious leaders, to exert their influence to bring about a permanent and just solution to the underlying problems, to encourage urgent humanitarian assistance, and to restore peace for all the inhabitants of the region."

9:38am 15/4/99 / Zenit


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