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20.03.2003 14:58:02
Alexy II denounces beginning of war in Iraq
MOSCOW. March 20 (Interfax) - Alexy II, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, has denounced the U.S. led campaign against Iraq and urged Iraq's neighbors to accept refugees.

   "Give them shelter and keep them warm with the kindness of your hearts," Patriarch Alexy II said in a statement issued in connection with the start of the war in Iraq. Interfax obtained the statement on Thursday.

   "The Russian Orthodox Church again calls on the governments of the anti-Iraqi coalition to stop the bloodshed. Do your best to prevent the spread of military operations. Resume negotiations for peace. Spare thousands of innocent people," the statement runs.

   "I call on everyone who can help to do their best to put an end to the war as soon as possible. I pray the Lord will bring peace to the Middle East. May the Lord give us the wisdom to settle the Iraq crisis." [RU EUROPE EEU EMRG IQ US REL AER] te mg <>

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