Archbishop Spyridon Issues Statement on Kosovo
Mar 25, 1999
New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America has issued the following statement in regard to the commencement of air strikes by NATO on Yugoslavia.
It is with great sadness and regret that we witness the deterioration of the conflict resolution in Kosovo to the force of arms and the use of destructive weapons. As Orthodox Christians, we cannot help but deplore the use of violence to achieve political settlements. We must expend every effort and pray that diplomatic and peaceful measures will speedily replace the weapons of war as means of persuasion. We pray for our fellow American citizens who are serving in the armed forces and for our fellow Orthodox Christians in Serbia. We pray for all the victims of this conflict, the refugees, the displaced and the dispossessed. We pray for a peaceful solution to the conflict that will respect the dignity and value of every human life, regardless of their beliefs or ethnicity. We pray that God will imbue our leaders with the wisdom and the will to find the way to peace, resolution and common purpose. I call upon all Orthodox Christians and all people of good will to pray for a speedy return to the process of negotiation and peaceful settlement, and for the protection of human life.