The United States, Russia and the Middle East must “find the courage for united action” on Syria, the Vatican said Thursday.
The international community “must shake off its lethargy,” Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Vatican ‘Cor Unum’ department which coordinates Roman Catholic charities, said in an interview.
“It’s paradoxical that a missile landing on a militant post is bigger news than a population dying of hunger and extreme poverty,” he said.
“Arming and training armed gangs is not coherent with ‘pacifist’ alleged statements of some nations,” said Cardinal Robert Sarah, with a a clear and unambiguous reference to those powers, headed by the U.S., who have never stopped funding, arming and train terrorist groups of various organizations in Syria.
The failed Geneva II talks “cannot mark the end of the peace strategy. The courage must be found for united action, above all from the big powers such as the United States and Russia, as well as all the Middle Eastern countries involved,” he said.
Cardinal Sarah said the ‘Cor Unum’ department would be holding a meeting Friday on Syria with 25 aid groups from the region aimed at pooling information and resources.