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Volume 2, Number 47 January 5 - 11, 2003 Quezon City, Philippines
condemns any war on Iraq
CITY -- Pope John Paul has condemned a possible war in Iraq, saying it could
still be avoided and that it would be a defeat for humanity. He made clear his
opposition in his yearly "State of the World" address to diplomats
accredited to the Vatican on Monday, saying diplomacy is the way forward.
to war! War is not always inevitable. It is always a defeat for humanity,"
the 82-year-old pontiff said.
what are we to say of the threat of a war which could strike Iraq, the land of
the Prophets, a people already sorely tried by more than 12 years of
embargo?," he said.
is never just another means that one can choose to employ for settling
differences between nations."
said international law and diplomacy were the only worthy means to resolve
Paul in his Christmas message three weeks ago urged world leaders not to go to
war over Iraq, a theme he repeated on New Year's Day.
pope's latest comments were released as a political row flared in Britain among
Labour Party colleagues of Prime Minister Tony Blair.
was giving a TV address setting out a "strong line and clear strategy"
on his country's policy on Iraq in the face of mounting pressure.
has been the staunchest ally of U.S. President George W. Bush, saying Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein poses a threat with his alleged development of weapons
of mass destruction.
But Blair has faced domestic opposition to a military showdown, including from within his own cabinet. International Development Secretary Clare Short repeated the message on Sunday, saying the UK should try and use its influence and restrain the U.S..
January 13, 2003