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Here is the text of the Mediators' Statement developed at the recent Senior Mediators Conference in Keystone, Colorado:
Given that the world is confronted with real and perceived threats from several international arenas we, the undersigned, urge that citizens of our nations insist their elected and appointed government officials immediately engage in honest, direct and unconditional negotiations with all authorities and powers who can resolve these pending crises in ways that are equitable and practical for all concerned without sacrifice to national sovereignty or security. As citizens of the world and as professional negotiators and mediators we urge that proven conflict resolution processes be employed now.Upon www.mediate.com’s release of the Keystone Conference Mediators’ Statement, CRI (the non-profit hosting agency) Executive Director William Lincoln stated, "The Mediators' Statement is crisp, non-accusatory and non-political -- it's just an honest statement asking for direct negotiations and mediated negotiations in every sector.”
In addition to maximizing the use of effective negotiation and mediation in situations of community, national and international turmoil, Associate CRI Director Polly Davis adds, "The Mediators’ Statement emphasizes that we need to bring civility back into our negotiation and conflict resolution discussions."
CRI Executive Director William Lincoln adds that "Permitting ‘the spirit of compromise’ to be the motivating force for coming to the table is the wrong impetus. Converting real and potential conflict into mutual challenges is the correct and most productive mindset. A constructive negotiation attitude is more important than tricks and tactics and certainly a better approach than war.