WCC chief sees an opportunity for Palestine peace

By agency reporter
28 Sep 2011

In the wake of recent developments, the World Council of Churches has 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, the 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.”

Dr 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, Dr 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”.

* The full statement can be read here: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/15457

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