The supreme leader of a South Vietnamese religious sect has called on the military leaders of both sides fighting in the country to spare the sect's holy seat at Tay Ninh, 87 miles (140 kilometres) west of the capital, Saigon.
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Background: The supreme leader of a South Vietnamese religious sect has called on the military leaders of both sides fighting in the country to spare the sect's holy seat at Tay Ninh, 87 miles (140 kilometres) west of the capital, Saigon.
His message appeared to call for the war to be kept out of the whole of Tay Ninh province, where sharp fighting has already flared.
In a message distributed to the press on Thursday (16 January) His Holiness Truong Huu Doc -- leader of the Cao Dai sect -- called on the two sides to meet in a spirit o f" reciprocal concessions" to settle their conflict and end the suffering of the Vietnamese people.
He offered the use of the holy precincts at Tay Ninh for a peace conference and proposed that the United nations' Security Council guarantee its security during such negotiations.
Cao Dai -- a 20th country religion which combines elements of Christianity, Buddhism and Confucianism -- has two million followers, including the majority of the 400,000 population of Tay Ninh province. Its holy seat at Tay Ninh city was the scene of hard fighting between government and communist troops two years ago.