“We receive this news with great joy,” said World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay. “It shows that further steps are being taken for the peace process to advance, in the interests of the security and rights of the civilian population,” he said.
“In the midst of the conflicts that occur in different places in the world, this news is a sign of hope that peace with social justice, and in this case with environmental justice as well, will actually be built,” added Pillay.
The WCC participates in the Round Table of Dialogue for Peace as a Permanent Accompanying Party along with the Roman Catholic Church, the Organization of American States, and the United Nations Verification Mission.
After the initial three months of the bilateral ceasefire, the ceasefire was extended for a period of more than six months.