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1146News: CM willing to intervene in Malankara Church dispute

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  • SOCM
    Sep 11, 2002
      CM ready to mediate in Church dispute
      PTI [ WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2002 10:49:45 PM ]
      THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister A K Antony on Wednesday said he was
      willing to mediate to settle the dispute between the Orthodox and Jacobite
      factions of the Malankara church, if both sides were willing.

      Reiterating that government was not a party to the dispute nor was it bound
      to execute any court order, Antony said he was not averse to mediatory
      efforts if both sides agreed to his non-political mediation.

      Regretting the violent turn the dispute had taken in some parts of the
      state, he said "it is painful to see the followers of Christ battling it
      out on the streets."

      "My renewed pleas is that both sides should come forward to settle the
      dispute in a democratic or legal manner."

      The government could not be blamed for the problems in the church as there
      was no direction from the court to carry out any order, he said.

      The central and soutern parts of the state had recently witnessed clashes
      between the two church factions.

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