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The Elders NGO, chaired by Kofi Annan, voices concern at violence in Catalonia

The independent peace activism organization calls for peaceful resolution through dialogue

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08 October 2017 02:40 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Global and independent NGO The Elders has expressed “deep concern at the recent violent confrontation” in Catalonia. In a press release today, the group of seasoned lifetime peace activists and public figures deemed what is unfolding in Spain a “constitutional crisis.” This, they continued, “calls for consultation and not confrontation." Indeed, The Elders urge “both sides to pursue a peaceful resolution through dialogue.”

The non-governmental organization also “applauded” Spain’s progress since “its democratic transition” in 1975, saying it “should not be put at risk.” The group further warned not to underestimate the “potential political, economic and social repercussions of a protracted crisis.” The Elders appealed to both sides to “refrain from any more divisive and inflammatory language and actions.”

  • "The constitutional crisis that is unfolding in Spain calls for consultation and not confrontation"
    Kofi Annan · Chair of The Elders

The peaceful path out

Kofi Annan, chair of The Elders, said: “The constitutional crisis that is unfolding in Spain calls for consultation and not confrontation. I urge the Spanish government and the regional government of Catalonia to renew their commitment to a resolution through dialogue. They must find a peaceful path out of this crisis.”

The leaders of social change in the world

The Elders NGO is a group of international public figures including elder statesmen, peace activists, and human rights advocates. Founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, the group is chaired by Ghanaian diplomat and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan. It also includes members such as former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu, and founder of Self-Employed Women's Association of India Ela Bhatt, among others.

On its webpage, the organization describes itself as independent and therefore “not bound by the interests of any nation, government or institution.” Their mission, they write, is to promote “the shared interests of humanity, and the universal human rights.” 

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  • Kofi Annan, chair of The Elders NGO, Ghanaian diplomat, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (by Reuters)

  • Kofi Annan, chair of The Elders NGO, Ghanaian diplomat, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (by Reuters)