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April 26, 2000
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ZIMBABWE MUST CHOOSE PATH OF RECONCILIATION

    ROME, APR 24 (ZENIT.org).- In a country torn by war and political vengeance, the Bishops of Zimbabwe made a unanimous appeal for reconciliation among warring parties in celebration of Easter. Only a common endeavor will permit a solution to the disagreements and problems "that cannot be resolved by violence."

    Farmers need more land, the city's poor need better housing, and unemployed youth need opportunities for work. But this is not all: national laws must protect the population from every form of abuse; courts must be respected; electors and candidates must not be the object of violence or intimidation and, in addition, international agencies in Zimbabwe must fulfill their duty "without fear and, above all, without favoritism," the Bishops stressed.

    The Bishops conclude that there is a need for reconciliation, which posits a more equitable distribution of land as the first imperative. Land is the national economy's first resource; "it is limited, cannot be produced or multiplied. It can only be subdivided in such a way that all citizens benefit adequately," stressed the Bishops. ZE00042403

          

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