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Pope calls for end to bloodshed in Libya, Cote d'Ivoire

Wednesday April 6 2011

By AFP

VATICAN CITY

Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday called for an immediate end to the fighting in Cote d'Ivoire and Libya, saying all sides should launch peace efforts "to stop further bloodshed".

"I pray for the victims and I am close to all those who are suffering," the pope said at the end of an audience in the Vatican.

"That is why I am launching a new, heartfelt appeal to all sides to launch peace and dialogue effort in order to stop further bloodshed," he said.