DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     June 1, 1999     vol. 10, no. 105

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Televised Statement: "The War Must End!"

          VATICAN CITY, MAY 30 (ZENIT).- In statements to Italian television channel "Sat 2000," Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano condemned the mass ethnic cleansing carried out by the Belgrade government in Kosovo. "Everyone has a right to a native land," Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, said. The Cardinal is profoundly concerned about the difficulties for the return of refugees to their native land; the passage of time only complicates matters further.

          According to the Cardinal, in the current negotiations "the duty of Christians is to be agents of peace, because peace is the destiny of peoples."

          The other great obligation of Christians, and of the international community, is to help the refugees. To date, only "temporary solutions" have been given. "These people have a right to return to their land. We constantly stress this. Therefore, we hope the Belgrade government will understand that it cannot continue on the path of violations of people's rights. The Pope has made this appeal on numerous occasions. We hope his voice will be heard."

          The international community should also do more to pursue peace. "It is not enough to avoid war. Ways of coexistence must be found. All diplomatic actions on the part of nations, of international organisms and of people of good will must be oriented to this end."

          In commenting on the Pope's endeavors in search for peace, Cardinal Sodano said that during the 20 years of his pontificate, John Paul II "has held high the flag of peace, leaving the technical issues to governments, as each one has his area of competence. The Cardinal concluded: "The war must end!" ZE99053003

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June 1, 1999       volume 10, no. 105


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