The Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, has called for peace in order to achieve consensus among Bolivians and to avoid nourishing “the hunger for war.”
After returning from a trip to the United States and Europe, the cardinal pointed out that “what the country needs and what we all need is clarity in what is proposed, in what is done, in the perspectives that one side and the other wish to offer to the country.”
Clarity demands an atmosphere of peace, the cardinal said, because otherwise it becomes impossible for people to come together and “we will only continue to nourish the hunger for war.”
The cardinal’s statements came as leaders in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz approved a measure dealing with autonomy that had been proposed by President Evo Morales and passed by the Constitutional Assembly. Cardinal Terrazas emphasized the need to leave aside the nonsense in order “for all Bolivians to work together.”
“No to war, no to moving conflicts from one state to another,” he said. “Peace is not achieved by brining arms from one state to another. No to hurling insults at each other, our task is to bring everyone together,” he stressed.