Military solution in Syria would be futile, Pope tells Putin

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Posted: Sep 05, 2013 7:05 AM
Military solution in Syria would be futile, Pope tells Putin

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the G20 conference, on Thursday urged world leaders to "lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution" in Syria.

"Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community," the pope said in the letter.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; editing by Barry Moody)