THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES SUPPORTS OAS WORK IN HONDURAS
Members of the World Council of Churches (WCC) today visited the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) and expressed to the OAS Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza, their support and recognition for the efforts undertaken by the Organization to reestablish the constitutional and democratic order in Honduras.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Members of the World Council of Churches ( WCC ) today visited the headquarters of the Organization of American States ( OAS ) and expressed to the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, their support and recognition for the efforts undertaken by the Organization to reestablish the constitutional and democratic order in Honduras.
“We are the voice of the churches concerned about justice, human rights violations and democracy; and we are concerned over the stall in the negotiations in Honduras. We are here to support the work you have been doing and to acknowledge the urgency of the situation”, said Noemí Madrid de Espinoza, Vice Moderator of the Commission of the Churches for International Affairs of the WCC, and President ( Administration ) of the Theological Community of Honduras.
Likewise, Christopher Ferguson, Representative to the United Nations of the World Council of Churches said that “from the very moment the coup d’état took place the churches of the Americas responded with a strong call for the restoration of democracy, and for that reason we appreciate the positive response of the OAS and the actions taken”.
The meeting, which focused on discussing the severity of the situation in the Central American country and its implications for the future of the region, was also attended by Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson, President of the North American Region of the WCC; Aldo Etchegoyen, Co-President of the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights, and Michael Neuroth, Policy Advisor for International Issues in Justice and Witness Ministries’.
In gratitude for the interest expressed and for support to OAS efforts, the OAS Secretary General presented his views of the situation and reiterated his hope that the parties will soon come to an agreement. “If they do not find a prompt solution, we will see ourselves in a very negative situation that may set an unfortunate precedent for Latin America” he affirmed.
The World Council of Churches is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized instances of the modern Ecumenical Movement, whose objective is Christian unity. The WCC brings together 349 churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 560 million Christians in the Orthodox, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches.
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