L'Osservatore Romano Urges Cooperation for Iraqi Security

VATICAN CITY, JULY 23, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See’s semiofficial newspaper appealed to the international community to undertake joint efforts to re-establish security in Iraq.

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In its Italian edition today, L’Osservatore Romano reported on the missiles that struck a medical center in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing two patients and wounding five others.

«Violence in Iraq knows no free zones,» it said. «In a sign of the most profound cynicism, not even hospitals are respected.»

That same day, a car bomb exploded near the entrance of a pediatric hospital in Ramadi, causing the death of three brothers.

Such acts «offend and wound the very dignity of suffering,» the newspaper stated.

«One month after the handing over of power to the Iraqi authorities, the series of daily attacks and assaults continue, which corrode the foundations of the process of reconstruction and endanger the establishment of acceptable conditions of security,» it said.

«In the face of this reality,» it added, «with the awareness that the road to order and stability is still long, the urgency of new and joint efforts is imposed so that the tried Iraqi territory might be able to attain a future of serenity and peace.»

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