The Ghana chapter of the International Cities of Peace, a Non-Governmental Organization with special consultative status with the United Nations, has viewed with keen interest, the worrying trend of insecurity the conflict between the people of Nkonya and Alavanyo is causing to its people.
It is worrying because this conflict seems to be a recurring one and continues to destabilize the economic and social activities of the communities involved. It is the view of the International Cities of Peace that a long lasting solution must be found to this dispute. Efforts must be doubled at identifying and arresting the causes of this conflict and a lasting solution found to enable peace prevail in these communities.
The International Cities of Peace has carefully studied the many legal cases that have attempted settling this dispute. The organization however is of the opinion that, peace goes beyond legal action which may only find a victor and a loser but not address the issues. This is not what the people of Nkonya and Alavanyo want. These people have been living together and sharing common beliefs in their social lives and will continue to do some for many years to come.
An effective dialogue and arbitration in our opinion will best serve the need of peace at this moment. We are therefore calling on the traditional chiefs, local authorities and government to create an avenue and the needed environment to allow the parties and people to sit together to dialogue in the interest of the current and future generation. In the long run, Ghana as a country will be the beneficiary.
The International Cities of Peace Ghana, wishes to call on the youth in particular to rise up to the challenge and play a lead role in uniting their people. The organization identify such activities as sports, entertainment and education amongst others to play a key role in averting any further conflict.
The International Cities of Peace offers to help with expert advice in mediation to help address this conflict situation.
Kizito M. Akudago
(International Relations Officer, International Cities of Peace Ghana Chapter)
Cc: Dr. Donald Agumenu ( Member International Leadership and Advisory Council, ICP)
J. Frederick Arment (Chair and Founding Director of International Cities of Peace, Dayton, Ohio, USA)