WCC NEWS: Palestine's UN application: WCC sees opportunity for peaceFrom WCC media <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date Wed, 28 Sep 2011 17:51:19 +0200
World Council of Churches - News WCC SEES OPPORTUNITY FOR PEACE IN PALESTINE'S UN APPLICATION For immediate release: 28 September 2011 The World Council of Churches (WCC) has today urged strong positive action by the United Nations on behalf of Palestine. While the WCC has advocated justice for Palestinians and Israelis for decades, the United Nations Security Council’s consideration of full membership for Palestine was hailed by the WCC and regional churches as an opportunity for peace. In his statement, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, the general secretary of the WCC, said, “It is now a unique opportunity for the UN to take important decisions, to fulfil its role according to the UN charter, to make peace with justice prevail between Israelis and Palestinians, and with their neighbours.” Tveit further adds, “Across the Arab world, people are standing up for their freedom and dignity to establish democratic states. Now it is appropriate that the UN actively supports the establishment of a democratic Palestinian state.” He further signified the role of UN in positive efforts in the region, saying, “Yesterday’s announcement in Israel of plans to build 1,100 more housing units on occupied territory is a stark reminder, why sober deliberation, genuine courage and responsible actions by the UN are necessary”. Along with the heads of churches in Jerusalem, Tveit stresses the “need to intensify the prayers and diplomatic efforts for peace between Palestinians and Israelis, considering this most appropriate time for such an opportunity”. Full text of the statement by WCC general secretary (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=43ac8b416fd55d2eb8b8 ) Communiqué from the Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=eb0ba505d147fc9241f8 on UN General Assembly September 2011.pdf ) 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. You receive this information as a subscriber of our media list. You are registered as Worldwide with the address email@example.com. Click here to unsubscribe or change your distribution settings (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=ae004c6c616156a18aa4 ).