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    World Council of Churches - News WCC LEADER CALLS FOR AN END TO SYRIAN VIOLENCE For immediate release: 09 August 2011 Voicing an appeal for the renunciation of
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      World Council of Churches - News

      WCC LEADER CALLS FOR AN END TO SYRIAN VIOLENCE

      For immediate release: 09 August 2011

      Voicing an appeal for the renunciation of violence by all sides in ongoing
      political conflict in Syria, the general secretary of the World Council of
      Churches (WCC) has stated, "it is particularly urgent that the army and
      government security agencies cease the indiscriminate use of force" against
      demonstrators, moving instead to protect all Syrian citizens' lives,
      dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms.

      The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit quoted a portion of the message adopted in May
      2011 by 1,000 participants at the International Ecumenical Peace
      Convocation, held hear Kingston, Jamaica: "With partners of other faiths, we
      have recognized that peace is a core value in all religions..."

      "It is in that spirit," the WCC general secretary continued, "that we call
      upon all who have been caught in the tragic cycle of confrontation within
      Syria: Stop the violence and killing. Seek a just peace for all."

      Tveit's public statement concludes with these words: "May God bless Syria,
      and heal the wounds of the nation."

      Full text of the statement (Link:
      http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=b3a4bc0d83fbe1c589f3 )

      WCC member churches in Syria (Link:
      http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=6bf3e0297b604e0e9e0c )


      The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and
      service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches
      founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox,
      Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in
      over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.
      The WCC general secretary is Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, from the [Lutheran]
      Church of Norway. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
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