¬†The Right Reverend John Arnold, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster has appealed for prayers for the people of Burma. In a statement issued yesterday he said: "There can be no doubting that the Burmese people and the military government stand at a crossroads in their country's history. In full world view, the military must decide whether they can maintain their grip on the country and whether there is any longer any purpose in trying to do so. The dignity of the Buddhist monks who have been so visible in their peaceful demands for change is an inspiration not only for the people of Burma who long for freedom and democracy, but for all of us ≠ of whatever Faith or nationality ≠ who believe in human freedom and peace. "Surely the calls for change will not be silenced and it must be our prayers that strengthen the resolve of those who seek a sense of freedom and self-determination and which influences those with military and political power to recognize their responsibility to bring change for a people too long denied even basic rights. Let us pray for a speedy and peaceful resolution to these days of violence and fear."