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NCC hopeful as Annapolis Middle East peace talks begin

New York, November 26, 2007 Leaders of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) are expressing encouragement and prayers for this week's Middle East peace talks in Annapolis, Maryland.

Writing to President Bush on Nov. 20, the NCC leaders reaffirmed the ecumenical group's longstanding support to "the goals and principles that are central to a lasting peace: an end to the Occupation, and a viable two-state solution; a renunciation of violence by all parties and an affirmation of the rights and security concerns of both Israelis and Palestinians; and a shared Jerusalem, which can one day be a symbol of the peace that is central to the faith of Christians, Jews, and Muslims."

The letter was written at the urging of the General Assembly of NCC and Church World Service, the NCC's partner humanitarian ministry.

At the General Assembly's annual gathering last Nov. 6-8, Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel, former moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA), proposed that such a letter be sent to President Bush. The letter was signed on behalf of NCC's 35 member communions by the Rev. Michael Livingston, president of the NCC, Clare Chapman, the acting general secretary of the NCC, and Dr. Anthony Kireopoulos, NCC's associate general secretary for international affairs and peace.

The General Assembly delegates also unanimously reaffirmed their three decade old commitments to Middle East peace.

"These same commitments lead us today to pray for the success of this peace conference in Annapolis, as a new beginning in a process that will one day lead to the realization of a just peace in the Holy Land," concluded the NCC's Nov. 20 letter to President Bush.

The National Council of Churches USA is the ecumenical voice of 35 of America's Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, historic African American and traditional peace churches. These NCC member communions have 45 million faithful members in 100,000 congregations in all 50 states.

The full text of the letter

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