Pope pleads with all sides to suspend use of arms
Published 28/03/2011 | 05:00
Pope Benedict called yesterday for the "suspension of the use of arms" in the Libya crisis and expressed concern for civilians, an appeal that appeared to include the use of outside force.
Speaking at his Sunday blessing, he said he was addressing his appeal to "international bodies" and "those who hold military and political responsibility" and did not speak of a "ceasefire" between opposing Libyan factions.
He said he was praying for a return of peace in Libya and the entire North African region.
He said he was increasingly worried about the "safety and security of civilian populations" and lamented that the current situation was "under the sign of the use of weapons".
Thousands of people have been killed in the uprising, according to Western estimates.