|Development||ANGLICAN LEADER CALLS FOR CANCELLATION OF THIRD WORLD DEBT|
The leader of the Anglican Church in Australia has joined calls for billions of dollars of Third World debt to be cancelled. Archbishop Keith Rayner received a 200,000 signature petition in Melbourne yesterday.
He says interest rates are such that many debts can never be repaid. "This money was to a large degree lent to corrupt regimes, military dictatorships, used for the well being of the dictators themselves and their cronies. And now it is left to the ordinary people of those countries to repay a debt from which they had no benefit."
Meanwhile the German Catholic Charity Misereor is taking part in a human chain at the G7 summit in Cologne on 19 June as part of their "Indulgence Year 2000: Development Requires Forgiveness" campaign. At the same meeting, a delegation of Latin American and European bishops will join a group of Vatican officials in presenting a petition for the reduction of international debt
|11:34am 17/5/99 / ABC/Zenit|