1967 General Resolution

WHEREAS, the 1966 (Fifth) General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association passed the following resolution:

"REAFFIRMING the intent of its 1964 resolution urging 'the United States to reconsider its policy in Vietnam and to explore solutions other than military,' the Unitarian Universalist Association:

"NOTES again that the present war in Vietnam threatens to escalate into a world nuclear war;

"URGES the government of the United States to negotiate with any and all principals in the conflict, including the National Liberation Front, in seeking a cease-fire, the holding of internationally-supervised free elections, and in aiding in the formation of a representative government of South Vietnam; and

"TRANSMITS to the President and the Congress its continued deep concern for an immediate peace in Vietnam";

THE SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY of the Unitarian Universalist Association reaffirms its previous resolution and further:

  1. COMMENDS the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the initiative he has taken in seeking a cease-fire and peace in Vietnam and endorses his specific proposals for: (a) cessation of the bombing of North Vietnam, and (b) the scaling down of all military operations by all parties in Vietnam, and (c) discussions among all parties directly involved in the conflict;
  2. URGES the United States government to take substantial immediate and long-term steps of de-escalation without any prior conditions placed on the National Liberation Front and the North Vietnam government;
  3. URGES the government of the United States to give its citizens accurate and complete information about events in Vietnam, and to recognize that responsible debate on United States policies in Southeast Asia and opposition to the war should not be equated with a lack of patriotism;
  4. ENCOURAGES immediate public and private efforts to heal the wounded civilians of all Vietnam, and to reconstruct and develop the war-ravaged land;
  5. TRANSMITS again to the President and Congress its continued deep concern for immediate peace in Vietnam;
  6. URGES member churches and fellowships through congregational action to take a public position on the war in Vietnam;
  7. URGES, in view of the continuing difficulty in inducing any unilateral steps toward peace by any of the parties to the conflict, that there be a reciprocal de-escalation, including the progressive removal of all foreign troops and the grounding of all foreign aircrafts in North and South Vietnam and that the use of terrorism and murder by all parties against the people of Vietnam be terminated.

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