Reposted from Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
April 05, 2011
(April 4, 2011)--"I am once again expressing my disappointment and
great concern regarding the ongoing election standoff in Ivory Coast. It
is very sad and unfortunate that an election intended to unify the
country ended up plunging the it further into a brutal civil war that
has killed hundreds of innocent civilians.
reported massacre of about one thousand people in Duekoue is immoral,
and I join the international community in strongly condemning such a
barbaric act. The perpetrators of this atrocity, and other killings by
both sides in this conflict, should be held fully accountable. There is
no justification for these and other crimes against humanity and nobody
should be immune from the legal process.
latest fighting is very troubling and needs immediate and urgent
peaceful resolution. I appeal to all parties, including religious
leaders, to use their moral courage, as demonstrated during previous
difficult periods, to assist the beloved people of Ivory Coast to end
these disastrous conditions.
must not tolerate any more suffering and killing. I urge the African
Union, Economic Community of West African States, and the international
community to redouble their efforts and continue to work with both
parties in Ivory Coast to end this crisis peacefully. The country is
bitterly divided; the military solution is not an option.
my assistance is needed to bring about a peaceful resolution to the
current crisis, I am available to travel to Ivory Coast to engage both
President Gbagbo and Quattara.
all parties, I urge a commitment to peace, which requires a preference
for negotiation over violent action. You must not fear to negotiate, to
talk over your differences, or try to resolve them short of armed
conflict. A willingness to negotiate requires true mental and spiritual
strength; it requires real confidence, and it holds out the best chance
to achieve the desired change.
all Ivorians, you have come through a difficult period, but your
nation's best days are ahead. I am convinced that you will turn
conflicts into opportunities, and when you do so, your nation will be
the shining light on the hill. The people of the continent and the world
continue to pray for you. Expectations are high because nothing is too
hard for Ivorians.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting,
defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational
opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in
Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please
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