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St Kitts-Nevis church leader offers to mediate political crisis
Published on January 10, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ken Richards

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A leading cleric has called on government and opposition to put country first in a bid to ease rising political tensions in St Kitts and Nevis. Archdeacon Valentine Hodge of the Anglican Church believes that compromise on the part of both sides will help address what’s becoming an increasingly polarized situation.

Archdeacon Valentine Hodge
The deputy chairman of the Christian Council, the archdeacon is volunteering the services of the Council and the Evangelical Association as part of efforts to help resolve the existing impasse created by the non-tabling of the motion of no confidence and the tensions arising from last weekend’s opposition protests and two cases of suspected arson on Sunday, in which the Venezuelan embassy building was destroyed.

“It may well be that perhaps the Christian Council (and) Evangelical Association at this time may be used as a kind of a buffer,” the arch deacon suggested. “We can take the initiative, other parties can take the initiative in having us share in the experience of trying to deal with this situation as it is,” Hodge said while expressing concern that the situation was becoming more acrimonious.

Also commenting on the current situation in the country is Pastor Lincoln Connor of the Antioch Baptist Church. He is of the view that the non-tabling of the motion of no confidence has contributed to the existing crisis.

“There seems to be a growing sense of frustration among the people, and we know how people play out their anger sometime,” Connor said.

He encouraged key players to exercise restraint in the interest of the nation. According Connor, the government can quickly defuse the situation by calling a general election.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
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