TITLE

Vatican Ready to Mediate U.S.-Iraqi Standoff in Najaf

PUB. DATE
August 2004
SOURCE
America;8/30/2004, Vol. 191 Issue 5, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article announces that the Vatican is ready to help mediate a solution to a standoff between U.S. troops and Shiite militants in the holy city of Najaf in Iraq. Italian media reported that the request for the Vatican's help in negotiating an end to the standoff in Najaf came from al-Sadr's spokesman, Awas al-Khafayl. The Vatican's former foreign affairs minister, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, told the Italian daily La Repubblica that "the request for mediation is a sign of the prestige and great moral authority" the Islamic world attributes to Pope John Paul.
ACCESSION #
14246348

 

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