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EIGHT FROM U.S. AMONG PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS ECUMENICAL OBSERVERS
George Gundrey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fri, 12 Jan 1996 12:34:39 -0800 (PST)
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
Contact: 1-212-870-2252 (New York) or
EIGHT FROM U.S. GOING AS PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS OBSERVERS
NEW YORK, Jan. 9 ---- Eight persons from the United States
ecumenical community will serve as monitors for the Jan. 20
Palestinian elections. The National Council of the Churches
of Christ in the U.S.A. and the Washington, D.C., Lutheran Office for
Governmental Affairs are facilitating their accreditation through the
Middle East Council of Churches liaison office in Jerusalem.
Most plan to arrive in Jerusalem Jan. 12 or 13.
The eight all have either Middle East experience or
international elections monitoring experience; some have
The World Council of Churches and several European
church agencies also are contributing monitors from the
ecumenical community. The ecumenical monitors will be
accredited through the office for international NGO (non-
governmental organization) observers established by the
Palestinian Authority, which is overseeing the elections.
In a related effort, the European Union and several
European countries have been providing assistance in
preparation for the elections, and 300 EU monitors already
have arrived to prepare themselves for the event.
International ecumenical elections monitors have gone
to a number of other countries in recent years, including
South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, El Salvador and Haiti. The
U.S. ecumenical community monitors going to Palestine are:
* David Berceli, a U.S. Roman Catholic working in
* Mark Brown, Lutheran Office for Governmental
Affairs, Washington, D.C., a member of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America.
* Deborah Gerner and Philip Schrodt, Department of
Political Science, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas,
wife and husband, Quakers.
* Terence Miller, Maryknoll Justice and Peace Office,
Washington, D.C., a Roman Catholic.
* Mary Teresa (Terry) Rogers, New York City, an
Episcopalian. She served as an El Salvador elections
monitor and has broad experience in Latin America and the
* Maelinda Turner, New York City, a member of the
United Church of Christ. She served as a South Africa
* David Weaver, Acting Director, Middle East Office,
National Council of Churches/Church World Service and
Witness, New York, and a member of the Orthodox Church in
Carol Fouke, National Council of Churches
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13:23 Tue, Jan 9, 1996
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