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Syrian bishop says 'no' to armed intervention

Dire warning issued as US involvement looms

<p>Picture: Alice Martins/AFP</p>

Picture: Alice Martins/AFP

  • Alessandro Speciale for Vatican Insider/La Stampa
  • Syria
  • August 28, 2013
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"If there were a military intervention, I think this would lead to a world war," said Mgr. Antoine Audo, Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo and President of Caritas Syria in an interview with Vatican Radio. The bishop stressed that this risk is palpable again in Syria and that things are not that easy.

As UN inspectors investigating Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons meet with civilians affected by chemical agents during last Wednesday’s toxic gas attacks in the suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus, Mgr. Audo called for “real dialogue between the parties in conflict” find a solution to this war that is sowing destruction and death.” He also said he hoped for an end to the fighting, so that “people will be free to move around, travel, communicate (and) work." 

According to Caritas Syria’s president, everyone is saying the situation is worst in Aleppo. In Damascus it is apparently still possible to travel and use the airport to get to Lebanon, whereas in Aleppo you can’t move. Many have fled to the Syrian coast, where things are generally calmer. 

Full Story: Syria: Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo says “no” to military intervention 

Source: Vatican Insider/La Stampa

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