Magazine article The Christian Century

Church Leaders, UN Chief Discuss Iraq

Magazine article The Christian Century

Church Leaders, UN Chief Discuss Iraq

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Hours before President Bush addressed the nation on his plans for a June 30 transfer of power in Iraq, church leaders met with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to support a larger role for the international body. In the meeting coordinated by the National Council of Churches, ten U.S., Canadian and European church leaders told Annan that the United States can no longer oversee Iraq's future by itself.

"While most of us were very much opposed to war in Iraq, we believe that those who opposed it and those who supported [it] ... need to come together to find an alternative way out of the current violence," said Bob Edgar, general secretary of the NCC and a leading war opponent.

The church delegation, which included the heads of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Canadian Council of Churches and the Conference of European Churches, did not offer specific policy proposals but issued general support for Annan's leadership. …

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