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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Russia doesn’t know where Syria bishops are


BEIRUT: Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said Tuesday that there was no information on the fate of two Greek Orthodox archbishops kidnapped by Syrian rebels in April.

“Unfortunately, we have no information. Since the beginning, we have condemned this crime, but we have not received anything concrete,” Zasypkin told reporters after meeting former lawmaker Farid Haykal Khazen at Khazen’s residence in Qleiaat. 

Last month’s release of nine Lebanese pilgrims held hostage in Syria for 17 months raised hopes concerning Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim.
The two bishops were kidnapped en route to the Turkish border April 22 by armed men.

The Russian ambassador said his country supported a solution to all Lebanese problems through consensus between the rival political factions.



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