INTERVENTION BY THE HOLY SEE
STATEMENT BY H.E. MSGR. MARIO ZENARI*
Vienna - Thursday April 29, 1999
Since February of 1998, when the crisis in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia gained international attention, the Holy See, like others, has constantly offered its services in order that a just and equitable solution would be found so that the human suffering caused by it would be alleviated.
In this past month, faced with the evolution of the crisis, Pope John Paul II has unceasingly let his voice be heard. He has asked, in diverse fora, that the peoples of Yugoslavia be allowed to live in harmony in their lands, that the refugees be permitted to return to their homes and that the arms be silenced. The Holy See has also expressed the hope that an international peace-keeping force be present on the ground in order to assist the populations to live peacefully together.
The Holy See is convinced that the only way to solve the present conflict, is through dialogue, based on respect for law and history. Therefore, it applauds those initiatives undertaken by international organizations and single countries precisely for that end. It is particularly hopeful that the mission currently led by the Secretary General of the United Nations will bear fruit.
In the meantime, the Holy See urgently appeals to all Nations and international charitable organizations to respond generously to the humanitarian needs of so many people who are the victims of the present situation in Yugoslavia.
*L'Osservatore Romano 1.5.1999 p.2.
L'Osservatore Romano. Weekly Edition in English n.20 p.11.