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Peace talks on Syria should not ignore Christians, says Vatican envoy

January 26, 2016

The Vatican's representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has insisted that the plight of Syrian Christians must be "taken into serious consideration" at international talks aimed at ending that country's bloody civil war.

UN officials have convened talks to seek a cease-fire in Syria and an opportunity for the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need. The talks will begin on January 29 and-- in an indication that officials are not optimistic about a quick accord-- are expected to last for six months. 

"We hope the specific needs of the Christians, the Yazdis, and other communities that are not part of the Muslim majority be taken into serious consideration," said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi. 


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