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Middle Eastern prelates ask West not to intervene

Catholic World News - September 26, 2012

At a conference at the Iraq’s Vatican embassy, Middle Eastern prelates urged the West not to engage in military intervention in the region.

Residents of the Middle East are not “ignorant (people) who need saving,” said Archimandrite Mtanios Haddad of the Melkite Catholic Church. The Melkite representative at the Vatican added, “We don't want protection from Europe or America; mind your own business.”

Syrian Catholic Archbishop Archbishop Jules Mikhael Al-Jamil said that “we in the East feel that the Western policies generally don't think about Eastern Christians … Western policies would prefer that Eastern Christians not be there.”

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