Skip to comments.Vatican stand on Syria explained at briefing for diplomats
Posted on 09/07/2013 3:43:32 AM PDT by NYer
At a September 5 briefing for diplomats accredited to the Holy See, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti explained the Vaticans stand regarding the civil war in Syria and the threat of US military intervention.
Archbishop Mamberti, the Vaticans Secretary for Relations with States, reminded the assembled ambassadors that Pope Francis has repeatedly called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria, which has already resulted in the death of over 100,000 civilians and driven 2 million people into exile. Faced with facts of this type, one cannot remain silent, he said.
Ending the violence is an absolute priority, the archbishop said. He challenged the parties involved in the Syrian conflict to show the courage to enter negotiations, and he urged international leaders to redouble diplomatic efforts to promote peace talks.
Archbishop Mamberti went on to say that the protection of human rights should be a major concern. He spoke of the urgent need for humanitarian assistance for the majority of the population, and praised the neighboring countries that have accepted hundreds of Syrian thousands of refugees. Church agencies have done their utmost to provide assistance to those who have been left homeless, he said, and will continue to do so.
The Vatican top foreign-policy official said that a negotiated solution to the Syrian civil war should fulfil three requirements: preserving the nations unity, avoiding the formation of factions, and protecting Syrias territorial integrity. He called for guarantees to protect the countrys minorities, especially Christians.
Drawing attention to the recruitment of Islamic militants by the Syrian rebel forces, Archbishop Mamberti said that the Vatican is alarmed by the growing presence of extremist groups in Syria, often originating from other countries.
Obama is GLAD that extremists, his friends the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Queda, have joined the “rebel” groups.