Churches call for Afghanistan peace mission

On Dec. 10, 2009, the National Post reported that the Canadian Council of Churches - the biggest ecumenical organization in Canada comprising 22 member denominations - has issued a brief to Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper calling for and recommending diplomatic solutions to the war in Afghanistan.

The brief calls on Prime Minister Harper and other government leaders to "kick-start this process by using its diplomatic clout to convince the United States and other players of the 'primacy' of negotiations" and to “… mount a peace mission and to accord it the same level of political energy and commitment, along with requisite material support, as has been accorded the military mission to date.”