Pope Asks for a Solution in Darfur

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 1, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI asked for a negotiated solution to the bloody situation in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The Holy Father said this today when receiving the letters of credence of Ahmed Hamid Elfaki Hamid, the new ambassador to the Holy See from Sudan.

"In this deadly conflict, that primarily affects the civil populations, everyone knows that no solution to arrive at a just peace can be implemented with the force of arms," the Pope said.

The Pontiff spoke of the need for "a culture of dialogue and negotiation, so as to arrive to a political solution of the conflict, which respects the cultural, ethnic and religious minorities."

Benedict XVI continued: "It is never too late to courageously make the necessary, and at times demanding, decisions to bring to an end a crisis situation, with the condition that all parties involve themselves with sincerity and with determination in their resolve."

The Holy Father made a call "to all persons that have responsibility in this situation so that they continue their efforts and make the required decisions."

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