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Holy See calls for enhanced protection of civilians in conflict zones

A Vatican official at the United Nations emphasized the need for strict measures to protect civilians and humanitarian workers in conflict areas. 

Speaking to the Security Council in New York, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See, condemned attacks on civilian infrastructure and the use of indiscriminate weapons in populated areas.

His remarks were part of an open debate marking the 25th anniversary of UN Resolution 1265, which focuses on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. 

Archbishop Caccia noted the harsh reality of modern warfare, where no location remains safe for civilians. Infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, and places of worship are increasingly targeted.

“Places of worship are not just sites of prayer; they are sanctuaries for those in dire need,” said Archbishop Caccia. 

The prelate emphasized the importance of protecting these locations in conflict zones. He also highlighted the issue with landmines, cluster munitions, and other explosive devices in populated areas, and commended the efforts of the UN Mine Action Service. 

He urged global adherence to the Political Declaration on the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas.

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The Archbishop also expressed concern over increased attacks on humanitarian personnel, emphasizing their role in delivering essential services like food, water, and medical aid in dangerous conditions. 

He condemned any attempts to obstruct these efforts and called for better protection, adding, “every effort must be made to ensure that those giving life do not lose theirs.”

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