War in Iraq Would Spark a Tragedy, Says Indian Episcopate

NEW DELHI, India, FEB. 4, 2003 (Zenit.org).- An attack on Iraq, a nation already devastated by malnutrition, poverty and economic sanctions, would trigger a colossal tragedy, warn India’s bishops.

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In a press statement today, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) expresses its anxiety over the «clouds of war» hovering over West Asia.

The bishops were equally concerned «over the firm stand taken on behalf of some countries that are avowed to put an end to the production of weapons of mass destruction as it has worsened the atmosphere.»

«Every effort must, therefore, be made by the international community to avert such human made tragedy, and seek other paths to find lasting solutions to the problem of proliferation of arms,» said Bishop Percival Fernandez, CBCI secretary-general.

In their statement, the bishops condemn «all forms of terrorism,» saying that «terrorism, under any circumstances, cannot be accepted as it does not uphold the basic human right to live a free and fearless life.»

The CBCI also expressed its fear that «a remedy for putting an end to such terrorist activities and organizations could cause a full-scale armed conflict.»

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