Diplomatic Relations: A Nonkilling Perspective

POETRY FORMAT, 29 Feb 2016

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

When between two countries diplomatic relations are broken
what peace-building-reuniting language could be spoken?

The language of conciliation and mutual understanding
which would help each nation in dignity to keep standing

In such diplomatic dignilogue, a nonviolent/nonkilling approach would be prioritized
and the sustainable goal of global peace by the two countries would be recognized

Let´s pray for countries breaking diplomatic relations to reconcile and thus jointly to grow

When that happens, an inspiring example will be given to the international
community, a lesson in nonkilling diplomacy that posterity will know

Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, Associação Brasil América (www.abaweb.org). He can be reached at fcardosogomesdematos@gmail.com.

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