VATICAN CITY, APR 7, 2002 (VIS) - Today, Holy See Press Office Director,
Navarro-Valls, in answer to a question concerning an alleged plan
by the Holy See to unblock the situation in the Basilica
of the Nativity in
Bethlehem, replied as follows:
"There is no plan by the Holy See to resolve the situation taking place
in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Naturally, the diplomatic
representation of the Holy See in Israel continues
its appreciated efforts
to aid all those who are suffering. For its part, the Holy See hopes that
the principles already
expressed through diplomacy and the United Nations'
resolutions, once again reconfirmed, are accepted by everyone in Bethlehem
and in the whole area."
OP/SITUATION BETHLEHEM/NAVARRO-VALLS VIS 20020408 (130)