Ruling Against Israeli Barrier "Weighty," Says Vatican Aide

LES COMBES, Italy, JULY 11, 2004 ( Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro Valls says the ruling of the International Court of Justice against Israel’s construction of a security barrier is “weighty.”

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The world court, headquartered at The Hague, ruled Friday that the Israeli-built barrier, which extends to parts of the West Bank, must be demolished.

At a meeting with journalists today in Les Combes, the Alpine village where John Paul II is vacationing, the spokesman said it was a “weighty ruling, as it was requested by the United Nations.”

The director of the Vatican press office sidestepped questions about the Holy See and the Pope’s opinions on the ruling, but said: “Now we’ll see what the governments do.”

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