05.04.11 14:51 Age: 335 days

WCC concerned about religious conflict in Cote d'Ivoire


The World Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed concern that the deteriorating situation in the West African country of Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) “is on the verge of enflaming religious conflicts.”


In a statement released today, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said, “Already, religion is being used to wield political and economic power. We appeal to all people of goodwill to reject such manipulation. It is in this context that the World Council of Churches urges leaders on both sides to take adequate measures to end the hostilities and work for a negotiated political settlement to attain justice, peace and reconciliation within the country.”


While recent analysis says the current conflict is based on President Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to yield to newly elected and internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara, the conflict also has roots in long term divisions along ethnic, religious and economic lines.


Full text of the statement
WCC member churches in Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire)