Monday, July 7, 2008

Lutheran World Federation calls for support for ongoing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

LWI News online:
LWF Council Press Release No. 14-2008

LWF Council Calls for (...) Support for Ongoing Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

ARUSHA, Tanzania, 1 July 2008 (LWI) - The Council of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) [...] applauded the current ongoing negotiations between the Israeli government and Palestinian authority, and encouraged the two leaderships to aim at reaching a final status agreement to a two-state solution and a shared Jerusalem.

"The Council calls upon the member churches to remind their members of the long-standing support of the LWF and World Council of Churches for an all inclusive, shared Jerusalem, as also reflected in the statement of the heads of Churches in Jerusalem in 2006," the Council stated.

The LWF governing body rejected any armed struggle to solve political divisions and encourage the Palestinian people to overcome their divisions, and pursue a unified strategy for justice, rule of law and a pluralistic state.

The Council reiterated its strong support for the ecclesiastical, educational and diaconal work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and Holy Land in the face of grave challenges.

The Council is the LWF's governing body meeting between Assemblies held every six years.

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For more background see - Israel’s 60th Anniversary Should Be an Opportunity for Reorientation and Renewal: LWF General Secretary Appeals for Dialogue for Just Peace in Holy Land -

For information about the work of the LWF in the Jerusalem area -

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