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Iraqi Bishop Urges Cease-fire Resolution

February 13, 1991

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) _ The only Iraqi delegate at the World Council of Churches Assembly asked Tuesday for a resolution urging a cease-fire in the Gulf War without requiring an immediate Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait.

Metropolitan Mar Gewargis Sliwa of the Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church in Baghdad told a council debate that lasting peace could not be brought through war.

He said the council should use the proposed cease-fire resolution to stop the war and ″begin meaningful, trustful negotiations.″

The more than 800 delegates will vote next week on an executive committee resolution supporting a truce without Iraq necessarily withdrawing from Kuwait first.

The resolution faces Anglican opposition.

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