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Pope urges Geneva peace talks to end Syrian conflict

Reuters | Last Updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 16:25

Vatican City: Pope Francis urged participants at peace talks in Switzerland on Wednesday to urgently agree to end the civil war in Syria that has killed over 100,000 people.
Syria`s government and its enemies must "not spare any efforts to urgently reach a stop to the violence and end to the conflict, which has already caused so much suffering," Francis told pilgrims at his weekly audience in St. Peter`s Square.

"I wish for the dear Syrian nation a decisive path towards reconciliation, harmony and reconstruction with the participation of all citizens, where everyone can find in his fellow not an enemy, not an adversary, but a brother to accept and embrace."
A delegation of senior prelates from the Vatican is attending the talks mediated by the United Nations. The Holy See has repeatedly called for an end to a conflict that has stretched on for three years, unsettling the Middle East.

First Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 16:25
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