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Vatican, Italy warn against Syria intervention


(By Sandra Cordon).
Rome, September 5 - Pope Francis and the Italian
government sounded a similar note on Thursday as they urged
world leaders to find negotiated solutions to the Syrian crisis.
In a heartfelt letter sent to Russian President Vladimir
Putin as host of the G20 summit as it opened Thursday, Pope
Francis called on leaders there to find a peaceful resolution
that will prevent further war in Syria.
"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," wrote the pope.
"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,” he added.
"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 G20 summit represents "the last chance for negotiated,
political solutions to be found on Syria", Italian Premier
Enrico Letta told a press conference at the G20 summit on
Italy's concern about the situation is at "the maximum," he
said, adding that although he felt an "understanding" for United
States President Barack Obama's position, Italy would only
favour military intervention if it is endorsed by the United
And UN support for joint action against Syria is not
Without an endorsement of action from the UN, Italy is
"unable" to intervene, said Letta.
The situation in Syria is rapidly coming to a head as Obama
is seeking approval from Congress to begin military action
against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for allegedly using
chemical weapons.
Shortly before the summit began, a US Senate panel approved
the use of military force in Syria, in response to an alleged
chemical weapons attack.
That measure, which goes to a full Senate vote next week,
allows the use of force in Syria for 60 days with the
possibility to extend it for 30 days.
Following that, it must also be approved by the US House of
Letta also said that he noticed no discomfort between Obama
and Russia's Vladimir Putin, an ally of the Syrian president,
over the issue.
"There does not appear to be any element of coldness," said
Just one day earlier, Francis pulled together politicians
and religious leaders representing the Jewish and Muslim
communities as well as Catholic officials to take part in a day
of prayer and fasting for peace this Saturday.
Warmth was very evident in the response.
Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge said that she would
participate, along with the Grand Mufti of Syria, Ahmad
Badreddin Hassoun, and Rome's chief rabbi Riccardo Di Segni.
"May a powerful cry for peace go up from every land!" the
pope declared.

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