VATICAN CITY (AP) _ Pope John Paul II on Sunday called on the world to act against violence and repression in Kosovo, the ethnic Albanian province of Yugoslavia.

He also said he was worried by the growing conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea in Africa.

``Let God spare the dear peoples of Africa, already so troubled, from further suffering,'' he said after his regular Sunday blessing in St. Peter's Square.

``Not far from us, in Kosovo, violent options, repression and the flight of peoples must not leave the international community inert,'' he said. The violence ``recalls the tragic recent history of the Balkans.''

John Paul called on the parties to take up the road to dialogue, ``longer but more effective for all.''

Serb forces have stepped up their campaign to crush Albanian separatists fighting heavy-handed rule by Serb authorities in Kosovo, where ethnic Albanians represent 90 percent of the population of 2.2 million.