World Council of Churches

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

Peace initiative for the people of Ivory Coast

31 August 2004

Letter to H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, President of the Republic of Ghana, 31 August,
2004


Your Excellency,

Greetings from the World Council of Churches. I hereby would like to express
our deepest gratitude to Your Excellency for the recent achievement of your peace
initiative for the people of Ivory Coast. We are especially grateful that in the end
there is a sustainable framework for Africa to find solutions to African problems.

We recall that it was in August last year, following marathon and painstaking
peace talks in your country, that the parties to the Liberian conflict signed what
is now referred to as the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA).

Under the auspices of ECOWAS and the goodwill of your leadership we can
ascertain the renewal of hope for the people of West Africa. Only recently the
Ivorian accord was signed in your capital, and the present government in Ivory
Coast together with the rebel and opposition groups have shown a degree of
commitment towards sustainable peace for the people of Ivory Coast. As spelt
out in the agreement, a new constitutional dispensation that renews a national
vision in which all parties live in harmony with each other for the sake of
peace and justice is critical indeed. We applaud this new development and
pledge our support through the local churches in Ghana and the whole region.

I hereby assure you of our commitment to walk with you, to embrace the challenges
before you as opportunities to bring renewal of life to the people of West
Africa.

Kindly accept out congratulations and well wishes for the good work and peace
initiatives in which you and the new leadership of the African Union are currently
engaged. God bless the people of Ghana, God bless the people of Ivory Coast,
God bless Africa!

Yours sincerely,

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
General Secretary