WCC NEWS: Syria: WCC calls for end to violence
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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:
WCC member churches in Syria (Link:
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.