Mashnouq commemorates Orthodox bishop’s abduction, says more good news than bad

APRIL 22, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Nohad Mashnouq, on Wednesday indicated that there were more good news than bad ones regarding the case of kidnapped bishops Boulos Yazigi and Yuhanna Ibrahim, adding that no side has thus far claimed responsibility for the abduction.

Mashnouq made these remarks during his participation in a commemoration of the bishops’ abduction at the Physicians’ Order.

Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop, Boulos Yazigi, and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yuhanna Ibrahim were snatched on April 23, 2013 by gunmen while returning to the northern Syrian city from the Turkish border.

“Christians are not the only endangered ones. Moderation is also jeopardized,” he indicated.

“The entire East is facing an unjust trial (…) there is a Judas in every religion and in every country,” Mashnouq said.

“In Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and all the countries of the East, there are terrorists who call for religion but who do not represent us and we are not from them,” he added.

“Our East is full of security and intelligence services that mobilize those in the name of religion (…) conflict will persist under the guise of a conflict over power,” he explained.

“Moderation shall triumph eventually,” he concluded.