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Venice for Libya. Mons. Martinelli: «the situation is still unresolved »

On Saturday 2nd April the Accademia San Giorgio Quintet performed a special concert for Libya. The initiative was presented by Fr Marco Scarpa, in charge of the committee for ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, and the journalist Andrea Semplici.


The concert, organized in collaboration with Pax Christi and Oasis, raised funds for the Bishop of Tripoli, H.E. Msgr. Giovanni Martinelli. In a telephone interview with Oasis, Msgr. Martinelli commented on the current situation.


Excellency, how is the situation now?



At the moment the situation in Tripoli is quiet. The bombing has stopped but obviously the crisis isn’t over. Regular troops continue to move towards Benghazi. We are waiting, and the international scenario doesn’t help.


From the very onset of the crisis you have been suggesting the way of mediation. Is this still possible?


I think so, also because I cannot see any viable military solution. We need to help the Libyans solve the problem by making concessions on both sides. The alternative would be a devastating conflict. What would happen if government forces should advance on Benghazi? Violence is no solution. Now, as never before, it is evident that the real force is in the dialogue.