DETAILS of the declaration by the Chilean bishops asking the Government of General Pinochet to establish a return to democracy have been made available thorugh Cafod.
The declaration — the first time Church had asked the Goveftment for such a timetable — followed a call at the end of March by the archbishops of Santiago and Concepcion for negotiations and an end to violence.
The bishops say they "regret inadmissible terrorist violence and unjustifiable repressive violence".
They ask the opposition leaders "to set aside violence in your demonstrations of discontent and protest. And we ask the armed forces and the police, whose duty it is to maintain public order, to renounce all unnecessary repressive violence, recalling that we are all Chileans, brothers and sisters of race, culture and faith."
The 16-point declaration asks "government authorities and political leaders, journalists and commentators" not to "offend with your words, that you do not threaten or provoke".
The bishops call for an end to terrorism, from whatever quarter, they beg young people to be "the voice of hope" for the future, and everyone, including non-believers, is asked to "resort to your spiritual and moral reserves".