» 09/05/2013, 00.00
VATICAN - RUSSIA - SYRIA
Pope tells G20 leaders they "cannot remain indifferent", that they must push for negotiations in Syria
In a letter to Putin, who chairs the group's annual summit, Francis calls on world leaders "to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution". Ambassadors accredited to the Vatican are told that dialogue and Syrian unity are key to resolving the conflict.
(AsiaNews) - In view of the Syrian tragedy, G20 leaders "cannot remain
indifferent," the pope writes. They must "help find ways to overcome the
conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military
solution." They must also "do everything possible to ensure humanitarian
assistance to those suffering because of the conflict, both within and beyond
the country's borders."
In a letter released
today addressed to Russian President
Vladimir Putin, chairman of the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Francis Pope has attempted again to encourage
world leaders to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis.
In writing this letter, which follows appeals he made in the past few days and a call for a day of prayer and fasting for peace, the pope has decided to extend his efforts to the diplomatic field,
which included a briefing in the Vatican
today for diplomats accredited to the
Holy See stressing the latter's fears and initiatives.
letter to Putin, the pope addresses the summit's usual economic issues;
however, "the meeting will surely not forget the situation in the Middle East
and particularly in Syria."
regrettable," the letter read, "that, from the very beginning of the conflict
in Syria, one-sided interests have prevailed and in fact hindered the search
for a solution that would have avoided the senseless massacre now unfolding.
The leaders of the G20 cannot remain indifferent to the dramatic situation of
the beloved Syrian people which has lasted far too long, and even risks
bringing greater suffering to a region bitterly tested by strife and needful of
peace. To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal
for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay
aside the futile pursuit of a military solution. Rather, let there be a renewed
commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through
dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the
international community. Moreover, all governments have the moral duty to do
everything possible to ensure humanitarian assistance to those suffering
because of the conflict, both within and beyond the country's borders."
The position of the Holy See on the Syrian crisis was also presented
this morning to the ambassadors accredited to the
Vatican. In his outline, the Secretary
for Relations with States, Mgr
Mamberti, emphasised "some
elements that the Holy See considers important
for a possible plan for the future of Syria."
"Among the general
principles that should guide the search
for a just solution to the
conflict I would focus on three," he said. "First, it is
essential to strive for the restoration of dialogue between the parties and the reconciliation
of the Syrian people. Second, it is
necessary to preserve the unity of the country, avoiding the creation of different zones for the various components of society. Third, and lastly, in addition to unity, the
country's territorial integrity must be guaranteed."
address, the pope also mentioned the G20's economic agenda. " In today's
highly interdependent context, a global financial framework with its own just
and clear rules is required in order to achieve a more equitable and fraternal
world, in which it is possible to overcome hunger, ensure decent employment and
housing for all, as well as essential healthcare. Your presidency of the G20
this year has committed itself to consolidating the reform of the international
financial organizations and to achieving a consensus on financial standards
suited to today's circumstances. However, the world economy will only develop
if it allows a dignified way of life for all human beings, from the eldest to
the unborn child, not just for citizens of the G20 member states but for every
inhabitant of the earth, even those in extreme social situations or in the
standpoint, it is clear that, for the world's peoples, armed conflicts are
always a deliberate negation of international harmony, and create profound
divisions and deep wounds which require many years to heal. Wars are a concrete
refusal to pursue the great economic and social goals that the international
community has set itself, as seen, for example, in the Millennium Development
Goals. Unfortunately, the many armed conflicts which continue to afflict the
world today present us daily with dramatic images of misery, hunger, illness
and death. Without peace, there can be no form of economic development. Violence
never begets peace, the necessary condition for development."
The pope ended his letter with a request to Putin to pray
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