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Vatican foreign minister renews call for diplomatic action on Syria

Catholic World News - November 13, 2013

The Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States has again called upon the international community to seek a diplomatic solution to Syrian civil war.

“Although in recent weeks there have been positive developments with regard to the thorny issue of chemical weapons, it should be noted that it is only one aspect of the entire problem,” Archbishop Dominique Mamberti said in an interview with the Italian Catholic news agency SIR.

“Violent clashes continue to sow death and destruction, and the already unendurable humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate,” he added. “Predictions indicate that by the end of the year half of the Syrian population will need humanitarian assistance.”

A diplomatic solution, said Archbishop Mamberti, should ensure that Syria is not partitioned and that the rights of all citizens, including Christians, are respected.

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