Athens News Agency - March 28, 1999
Albright-Spyridon Talk on Kosovo
By Justine Frangouli
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has summoned all
American Orthodox leaders, headed by Archbishop Spyridon of America, to an
urgent teleconference tomorrow afternoon at 4.30 pm, in order to explain the
ongoing NATO attack on Yugoslavia.
The Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA),
led by the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, Archbishop Spyridon,
is said to be determined to voice a strong condemnation of NATO's attack on
the people of Yugoslavia and to urge the US Secretary of State to find a peaceful
solution to the Kosovo issue.
In a press release issued immediately after NATO's air attacks began on Yugoslavia,
the Archbishop of America condemned the use of force as a means to solve problems
of political nature. Archbishop Spyridon said that "a peaceful solution
to the problem must be found, a solution based on respect for the dignity
and value of every human life, regardless of religion and nationality."
Press releases with a similar content have been issued by all Orthodox leaders
of SCOBA. The inter-Orthodox Conference is composed of Philip, Metropolitan
of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America; Christopher,
Metropolitan of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada;
Victorin, Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America and Canada;
Metropolitan Nicholas, head of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese
in the USA; Constantine, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of
America; Theodosius, Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church in America;
and Fr. Ilia Katre, Archpriest of the Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America.
[ Translated from Greek ]
[ Αθηναϊκό Πρακτορείο Ειδήσεων - March 28, 1999 ]