Melkite Catholic patriarch asks world community to stop sending arms to Syria
September 04, 2013
The arms that other nations have sent to the Syrian government and rebels have wrought far more damage than the chemical weapons recently used in Syria, said the Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See.
Making clear that he condemns the use of chemical weapons, Patriarch Gregory III (Loutfi) Laham said that “for the last two and a half years, Eastern and Western countries have not stopped sending weapons, money, military experts, secret service agents, and Salafist fundamentalist armed gangs of thugs and criminals,” according to Aid to the Church in Need.
“Contrary to the calls to arms, attacks and military interventions, we enjoy listening to appeals from around the world aimed at creating an atmosphere of reconciliation, dialogue, humanitarian solidarity, hope, forgiveness and finally peace,” the Patriarch added.