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BWA General Council Resolution 1993.8

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe August 6-9, 1993,

SENDS greetings to our sisters and brothers in the Baptist and wider Christian community in South Africa;

APPLAUDS the decision to hold multi-racial elections with universal adult suffrage in 1994;

ABHORS the escalation of violence since the announcement of the decision, noting that more than 899 have died in killings and massacres including some 200 since 30 July;

ACKNOWLEDGES that many people of good will are working with determination towards the creation of a just and peaceful society with equal opportunities for all South Africans;

ENDORSES the call for the creation of an internal peacekeeping force under the command of non-South African security personnel to prevent any sinister force seeking to subvert the negotiations;

AFFIRMS the establishment of education for democracy programs among the peoples of South Africa, encouraging member bodies and their mission agencies to consider ways of supporting such programs in partnership with the Baptist Convention of South Africa and the Baptist Union of Southern Africa; ands

URGES Baptists throughout the world to participate in appropriate external monitoring programs.


Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993), p. 114.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1993.8 South Africa;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1993.8).

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