Vatican Denies Reports Over Deal for Saddam's Exile

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 11, 2003 ( The Vatican officially denied that the Holy See is promoting an initiative with several Arab countries for Saddam Hussein’s exile.

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Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls said today: “I can fully deny it. This information is totally unfounded.”

Quoting anonymous Vatican sources, Inside the Vatican magazine had reported that the proposal would give Saddam and his family 72 hours, beginning today, to accept the proposal for exile.

The Sunday Herald in Glasgow, Scotland, had published a similar report, saying that the proposal would grant amnesty to Iraqi generals who cooperated fully with the United Nations.

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