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Curb access to weapons of mass destruction, Vatican envoy urges UN

December 16, 2016

In an address to a session of the UN Security Council, the Vatican’s representative laid heavy emphasis on the need to ensure that terrorists and militia groups do not obtain access to weapons of mass destruction.

“The involvement of non-state actors in wars and conflicts has been increasing lately, and this has had horrendous effects on civilian populations,” said Archbishop Bernardito Auza. He called for efforts to curb the trade in weapons, with an aim to “preventing non-state actors from possessing and using weapons of mass destruction, and thereby to preventing the atrocities they will use those arms to commit,”

Archbishop Auza made it clear that the Holy See favors the complete elimination of all weapons of mass destruction. The use of such weapons for the deliberate targeting of civilians, he said, “merits unequivocal, unqualified, and unhesitating condemnation.”


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Dec. 16, 2016 9:35 PM ET USA

    Might want to start with the crazies in North Korea and Iran. Then work with others. Does this also include EMP weapons as well? Little more definition of weapons of mass destruction would be a benefit so we all know what is is being considered. Also might give more creditability to Vatican on its knowledge rather than broad statements.