|Kosovo Crisis||VATICAN SPOKESMAN SAYS US MEDIA HAS SILENCED POPE|
Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls has written in the New York Times of the Vatican's peace initiative "to which the US media have given very little coverage".
The Holy See is convinced that "sooner or later the Serbs, the people of Kosovo and NATO will meet around the negotiating table." So, Navarro-Valls asks, "why not meet sooner, rather than later, before destruction and death increase hatred and destroy reciprocal confidence?"
In the New York Times op-ed piece, Navarro-Valls said the Vatican seeks to exert pressure, to substitute arms with dialogue. "[It] is not neutral, it does not support one side, nor is it anti-American."
He said the NATO bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade "confirms warnings that the path of military mechanisms leads nowhere. Moreover, what is the meaning of the logic which pursues total victory? Destruction of the country?"
|10:52am 11/5/99 / Zenit|