CCC-KAIROS-Ploughshares Call for Peaceful Resolution in Iraq Crisis (2)

Tasneem Jamal

Follow-up letter on behalf of The Canadian Council of Churches, Kairos and Project Ploughshares to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.

26 March 2003

The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Canada      K1A 0A2
Dear Prime Minister Jean Chrétien,

The Canadian Churches commend you and your government for remaining firm on your stand, as repeated March 17 in the House of Commons, that while Canada insists that Iraq should fully abide by the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, Canada will not participate in a war on Iraq led by the United States.

Now that the war has started, we cannot but deplore the fact that the United States did not abide by international law and acted in spite of the United Nations’ opposition to war.  Canada’s commitment to uphold international law is well reputed and we are proud of the fact that you have maintained a coherent position under such circumstances.

As in our previous letters of September 25th, December 20th, and February 28th, we would like to emphasize again the fervent wish of Canadian Churches – indeed most Canadians – for a peaceful resolution of the current conflict, which has now evolved into a full-blown war.  Thank you for your leadership on this issue.

Our prayers will continue to be with you as you lead Canada during this period of tension and conflict in the Middle East.
Bishop André Vallée                                                   The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton
President                                                                    General Secretary
The Canadian Council of Churches                             The Canadian Council of Churches
Moira Hutchinson                                                        Ernie Regehr
Chair of the Project Ploughshares Board                    Executive Director
Project Ploughshares                                                  Project Ploughshares
Jane Orion Smith                                                        Pat Steenberg
Chair of the Kairos Board                                           Executive Director
Kairos                                                                         Kairos

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