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SOUTHERN AFRICAN BISHOPS APPEAL FOR PEACE IN ZIMBABWE
On Saturday, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference condemned the deepening lawlessness and violence in Zimbabwe, and appealed for an immediate return to peaceful and legal means of settling conflicts in the country.
   "People from all walks of life have been injured and even killed, as a result of the invasion of farms. Farmers and farm-workers, as well as police officers, have been assaulted, and the orders of Zimbabwe's highest courts have been ignored," the bishops said in a statement.
   They noted "with great regret that the political leadership of Zimbabwe has not only failed to intervene to restore order, but actually seems to be encouraging the lawlessness. President Mugabe appears to have adopted an attitude of indifference to the future stability and prosperity of the country and the people that he was elected to serve."
   They concluded by insisting that a "heavy responsibility rests on the leadership of Zimbabwe, and of its neighboring countries, to resolve the situation. At the same time, the people of Zimbabwe have it in their power to demand the restoration of the rule of law and respect for human rights. We urge all people of good will to join us in praying that they will be blessed with the spirit of humility, courage and mutual respect at this difficult moment in their history."
   Zenit (available soon)
12/4/00

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