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|NIGHT INCURSION IN BETHLEHEM CHURCH
DECLARATION BY DR. JOAQUÍN NAVARRO-VALLS
Press Office Director of the Holy See
The director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Dr. Joaquín Navarro-Valls, this morning issued the following statement:
The Holy See follows with extreme apprehension the situation in Bethlehem and is seeking to ascertain the truth about the most recent events.
The secretary for the relations with States, H. E. Mgr. Jean-Louis Tauran, and the Apostolic Nunzio in Isreal, H.E. Mgr. Pietro Sambi,
have made contact with the Israeli Authorities to affirm that the Holy See considers of absolute priority the respect of the status quo of the Holy Places. Even more so that actually there are about two hundred men - some of them armed - inside the Basilica of the Nativity, a situation without any precedent in the centenary history of the christian Holy Sites.
Furthermore we have to keep in mind that both the fundamental Agreement of 1993 between the Holy See and the State of Israel, and the basic agreement with the Palestinian Authority of the year 2000, include articles which sanction the respect of the status quo in the Holy Places.
If the information which is arriving from Bethlehem in the past hours are confirmed, this would contitute a developement which will aggravate an already dramatic situation.