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 ]