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Monday, November 18, 2013

Bishops’ kidnapping should be handled calmly: Yazigi

File photo of Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X Yazigi in Shekka, north Lebanon. The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh) 

BEIRUT: Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X Yazigi called Friday for dealing “calmly” with the issue of the two kidnapped bishops in Aleppo.

"What we are asking for and we hope for is to deal with this issue calmly away from media [spotlight] so that our efforts will achieve the results desired by everyone,” Yazigi told reporters at Beirut airport.

He admitted no progress has been made in solving the issue of the two bishops – Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim – who were kidnapped by armed men in April while they were on their way to Aleppo from the Turkish border.
Yazigi made his remarks before heading to Paris as part of a European trip that would include a visit to France and Germany to attend ordination ceremonies of new bishops.

General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim has vowed to help secure the release of the abducted bishops after the successful completion of a swap deal that saw the release of two Turkish Airlines pilots for nine Shiite Lebanese pilgrims.



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