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NCC Statement on Haiti -- December 2003

In recent days there has been an increase in violence in the long-troubled country of Haiti.  This civil unrest, which is threatening to destabilize that country, may result in even more violence in the search for a change of power in the coming weeks.

The urgency of the situation and the potential for increasing violence leads the National Council of Churches USA to call on all sectors of Haitian society the Aristide government and those who oppose it to work diligently for the long-needed reconciliation of the entire community.  Particularly during this Christmas Season, as a prelude to the Haitian celebration of 200 years of independence on January 1, 2004, nothing could be more appropriate than to work together toward peace.


Finally, we urge the United States and the United Nations to use their influence to secure a peaceful resolution to this impending crisis.


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