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Pope on war in Ukraine: 'Do not be ashamed to negotiate'

12:48, Sunday, 10 March, 2024
Pope on war in Ukraine: 'Do not be ashamed to negotiate'

Pope Francis granted an interview to Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), a Swiss public station broadcasting in French, a portion of which was released on Saturday afternoon.
     Speaking about peace talks, the Pope urged parties to the war in Ukraine to ''not be ashamed to negotiate before things get worse.''
     He pointed out that negotiations can also be carried out with the help of ''international powers.''
     ''The word 'negotiate' is a couragous word,'' he said. ''When you see that you are defeated, that things are not going well, it is necessary to have the courage to negotiate. You may feel ashamed, but with how many deaths will it end? Negotiate in time; look for some country that can mediate. Today, for example in the war in Ukraine, there are many who want to mediate. Turkey has offered itself for this. And others. Do not be ashamed to negotiate before things get worse.''

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