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Pope Can Help in Arms Reduction, Says Blix

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 15, 2006 ( Swedish diplomat Hans Blix says the Pope can play an important role in the reduction of weapons of mass destruction, since his “moral authority is recognized by the whole world.”

On Wednesday, Blix handed Benedict XVI his report on the proliferation of armaments of mass destruction, which he refers to as “weapons of terror.”

Their meeting took place Wednesday at the end of the general audience, in the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica. It was part of a tour which Blix, the former director of U.N. inspectors of nuclear arms in Iraq, has undertaken to several capitals.

The text, written when he headed a group of international experts, is entitled “Weapons of Terror,” on the dangers of nuclear, chemical and biological armaments. The report was given to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on June 1.

Blix has already given the report to representatives of the U.N. Islamic Conference Organization and plans to give it to the World Council of Churches.

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