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“The Christian Churches present in Libya want to support this process,” Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli of Tripoli said regarding a peace initiative calling for an immediate ceasefire and dialogue between the government and the rebels in Tripoli on political issues. Traditional churches have had some freedom to worship since the revolution in Libya began, the bishop said.

4/11/2011 Libya (Independent Catholic News) – The Apostoli Vicar of Tripoli said today he is more hopeful for peace in Libya now that a ceasefire has been declared. Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli said: “The ceasefire is the first step, then the two parties have to find some way of communicating to arrive at agreement on the transition.”
 
South African President Jacob Zuma, along with three other African leaders and representatives of the African Union, met Colonel Gadaffi yesterday, 10 April, in Tripoli. The delegation presented a peace plan which calls for: an immediate ceasefire, an end to the obstacles posed by the regime to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Libyan people, protection for foreign citizens, and dialogue between the Government and the rebels in Tripoli on political issues.

“The Christian Churches present in Libya want to support this process,” said Bishop Martinelli. “I just returned from an important meeting with the World Islamic Call Society, at which, together with the different Christian communities in Tripoli, we expressed the desire to develop a joint communiqué calling for the crisis to be resolved soon and for an end to the bloodshed.

There are five Christian communities in Tripoli: Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox Church, the Uniting and the Anglican Church.

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