National reconciliation, release of all persons detained in relation to the political-military crisis of 2002-2011, redistribution of wealth for greater social justice.
These are the indications offered by the
Bishops of the Ivory Coast in a message in which they express serious
concern for the future of the Country in the grip of military uprisings
and strikes by public employees.
"Feelings of frustration and revolt still harbor in the hearts of so
many Ivorians" reads the message, sent to Agenzia Fides, which was
published at the end of the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops' Conference
of the Ivory Coast, held in Katiola.
Among the causes of discomfort there are ongoing trials against the
leaders of the old regime of former President Laurent Gbagbo, who
"instead of calming people down, arouse sufferings and concerns. Some of
our compatriots are unjustly detained in prison, and others live in
exile, far from the Country".
"Several fighters and military involved in the successive crises that
has shaken our Country are not serene, and fear for their future", such
as "many young people, who had hoped for a better life by engaging on
the side of politicians, are increasingly disillusioned and embittered".
"This deleterious climate - says the message - is likely to seriously
undermine all the achievements made, the fruit of our efforts".
Recognizing the rulers in charge of the efforts made for the development
of the Country, the Bishops ask them "more effort for the
redistribution of growth, for a fair trial and to facilitate the return
of exiles, with guaranteed security for all".
The Bishops' Conference finally launch an appeal to "all the components
of the Ivorian society, to discuss issues related to security, the cost
of living, youth unemployment, working conditions, wage situation, etc