Vatican City, 6 September 2013 (VIS) – Yesterday Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States, met with ambassadors to the Holy See to express the concerns of the Holy Father and the Vatican regarding the unstable situation of peace throughout the world, with special attention to the Middle East and Syria in particular.
The prelate remarked that the Holy Father has on various occasions publicly denounced the conflict in Syria which has so far claimed the lives of over 110,000 civilians, caused innumerable casualties, created four million refugees within the country, and provoked an exodus of more than two million into neighbouring countries. “Faced with facts of this type, one cannot remain silent”, he said, “and the Holy See hopes that the competent institutions will clarify the situation and that those responsible will be held accountable”.
Archbishop Mamberti reiterated that it the cessation of violence is an “absolute priority”, and made an appeal to the Parties not to remain “wrapped up in their own interests, but to take with courage and decision the path of encounter and negotiation, overcoming blind opposition”, and added a second plea to the international community “to make every effort to promote, without further delay, clear initiatives for peace in the Nation, always based on dialogue and negotiation”.
He emphasised the importance of “the necessity and urgency of respect for human rights”, and “the urgent need for humanitarian assistance for the majority of the population”. In addition he gave thanks for the generosity of many governments in favour of the suffering Syrian population.
Mamberti underlined that the Catholic Church, for her part, is committed with all the means at her disposal to the humanitarian assistance of the population, Christian or not, and mentioned some matters that the Holy See considers to be of importance in an eventual plan for the future of Syria.
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