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PAG '8 ARY, NSAS CATHOLIC DECFJ BER 9, | 990 Archbishop says U.S, should negotiate with Saddam By Agostino Bono Rome (CNS) - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is ready to negotiate an end to the Persian Gulf crisis, said Melkite Archbishop Hilarion Capucci after returning to Rome with 70 Italian hostages he helped liberate. The Rome-based archbishop said the U.S. - led alliance against Iraq should dialogue with Hussein because "a Gulf war would be apocalyptic, with many deaths, and causing an economic crisis unprecedented in the world." A solution to the Gulf crisis should be found within the framework of an international conference examining the entire range of Mideast problems, in- cluding Lebanon and the Israeli-occu- pied territories, he said Nov. 29, the day after returning to Italy with Italians previously detained in Iraq. The Syrian - born archbishop planned to return to Iraq to seek the KORDSMEIER FURNITURE SINCE 1924 1023 Oak Street Downtown Conway, AR 72032 "Giving Faulkner County good banking since 1933..." / Conway, AR Member FDIC 0000000.0000000000000 . • Regarding Israeli - occupied territo- • ries, he said there should be "two opposing a Western military offensive • • separate countries, one Palestinian and against Iraq. • one Israeli." Currently, "Palestinians are "The timetable of war seems to be • Hwy. 365 . • • discriminated against and persecuted in dictated more by threats from Weste • Mayflower, APt, • their own land," he added, leaders and the build-up of offensive~ 470-0721 • capability than by the necessarily slo " aj i g process of sanction, and diplomaCy,:i • " ". Two m or rel ious the sta ementsaid. ' • • "Sanctions have not failed, nor dol : bodies urge Bush to. they appear to be failing. Coupledwi . • : avoid MidEast war the patient methods ofArab mediati0P' • Tim Benton,P.D., Member• and bargaining, they are more likely iP! • • the end to produce a lasting peace iP • of St. Joseph's in Conway • • • Silver Spring, MD (CNS) - The the region," the statement said. It al •• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • leadership of the nation's two major Since 1931 APPLIANCES • FURNHURIc • |1.|ClION1’$ 327-6523 Harkrider and Second Streets in Conway ST. NICASIU5 WAS_THE BISHOP OF ,RHEIMS F:I, ROUND THE YE.AR I. BFIRBFIRIP, NS WHILE TRYING TO SAVE .THE LIVES OF HIS F/:IITHFUL DURING AN tNVASIO/N HE H/:tD PROPHESIED. :r FLORENTIUS, HiS DEACON; ~. ~ ST. JUCUNOUS, HIS LECTOR; /aND ~#~~, ST. EUTROPI~, HIS SI STER, WHO W/IS KILLEO WHEN SHE ~TI'ACKEO HER BROTHER ,S ~- £~. MUROERERS. ~~I~~ THE FEAST OF ~ NICASIUS !,~ DEC;. 14. Sponsored by DEBBIE'S HAIR PRODUCTIONS release of further hostages. But first, he for war." planned to fly to Tunisia to meet PLO * Long-term issues of injustice in the leader Yasser Arafat and seek his aid in Middle East will not be resolved by securing further hostage releases. The unilateral U.S. action. archbishop said Arafat's intervention The conferences' statement was is- with Hussein helped in the release of sued shortly after Bush announced s the 70 Italians. second major military buildup in Saudi Hussein said he is willing to dialogue Arabia. The move was expected to bring with his opponents, said Cappucci, 68. U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf up to "This is a notable step forward, and we around 400,000 by January. should show our openness," he said.• "The Gulf crisis should be solved British ,.....'"urc'- leaders through an international conference on global peace in the Middle East. The warn against Gulf war, Gulf crisis is a consequence of these • other problems, which have remained • unsolved," he said. '%Ve must apply the London (CNS) - More than 50 Brit" • same international laws to all situations ish church leaders, including promi" • in the Middle East." nent Catholic and Anglican bishops and r theologians, have issued a statement; 2220 Washington Ave. Conway 329-8809 organizations for religious orders urged Pres. George Bush to "avoid precipitous movements toward war in the Middle East." "We state in the loudest possible voice: all avenues for a just and peaceful resolution of Iraq's unjust aggression have not been exhausted," said a statement by the executive committees of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The two conferences represent the heads of more than 570 men's and women's religious communites, which have approximately 121,000 members. "Military action will lead to unjust- fled loss of life, destruction of resources and continued instability in the region," said the statement. "We urge Pres. Bush, other government leaders and the United Nations to seek ways to nake peace while they may be found." The organizations cited four reasons for opposing "the administration's current stance regarding U.S. offensive action in the Middle East." * Diplomatic efforts have not been exhausted and economic sanctions "have not been in place long enough." * The safety of non-combatants cannot be ensured and the "indis- criminate use of biological, chemical or possibly nuclear weapons" is likely in case of U.S. offensive action. * There are contradictions in the rationale for U.S. action. "When lraq invaded Iran, our nation's leaders re- mained silent," the statement said. "When Iraq invaded Kuwait, thus threatening our source of cheap oil, they charged ,injustice and justification cj "0th ! c0r quoted with approval the remark by. King Hussein of Jordan that war would be "an ecological and environmen i disaster on a world scale; ...... " | ral Among the Catholic signatories are i I rO: Bishops Thomas McMahon °fl as Brentwood and Roger Crispian HolliSl of Portsmouth. In the U.S., Pax Christi U.S.A. called the Nov. 29 United Nations decision to: authorize the use of military force ia the crisis "misguided, tragic and moral." The group said the "use of force in the Persian Gulf particularly runs the risk of escalating into a conflict tla# would result in untold and unimagi , able suffering, death and destructioa' The U.S. Security Council voted 2 to authorize "all necessary means" io the Gulf if Iraq is not out of Kuwait by Jan. 15. "To set a deadline for the use of force, rather than pursue every me possible to negotiate a non-violent It ,, ~l settlement, the statement said, inte " dries the pressure to go to war." Tile U.S., it said, should be "looking to nee possibilities, new arrangements," stead of pursuing "a futile attempt to prove winners and losers."