Caritas Backs Day of Solidarity With Palestinians

Appeals to All Sides to Comply With «Road Map»

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 27, 2005 ( Caritas Internationalis appealed to world leaders to support the U.N.’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

«We implore leaders of the international community to commit themselves seriously to the road map» to peace, said a communiqué issued by the Vatican-based confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations.

The United Nations established Nov. 29 as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On that day, in 1947, the assembly had adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine.

«Each deliberate partnership in this process brings forward the welcome light of a new moment,» said Caritas.

The statement continued: «We call for an end to the occupation so that the possibilities for peace in the land, as well as the region, might authentically surface again.

«We call on the international community to invest in this moment of reconsidered possibilities, to be an abiding, even monitoring presence, to ensure humane accompaniment and objective assessments for practical movement forward.

«We call on Palestinians and Israelis to engage with each other as human beings, as neighbors, respectful of differences.»

The statement stressed that Caritas is politically neutral, but that its members «condemn, as always, every form of violence whatever its source. We stand apart from every action that willfully diminishes the humanity of other persons.»

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