Writing for WORLD Magazine, Edward E. Plowman, in an article titled, Showdown in Africa, wrote:
"The primates discussed a number of topics but spent almost the entire final day on matters related to TEC. The global south kept hammering away for stronger, more specific language in the communiqué, and defending their interventions on TEC soil in America on behalf of parishes seeking refuge from TEC.
The primates finally adjourned as midnight approached. Akinola was the last to sign the document.
"It was the most intense meeting I have ever attended," Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi of Uganda said afterward. "Even until the last night of our meeting, we were in a deadlock. But, the Lord has prevailed. Biblical authority is being restored, and from that, we are hopeful that biblical mission will be the result."
"We came very close to separation over this," said the global south's Archbishop Gregory Venables, primate of the Southern Cone in South America.
Separation indeed. In Akinola's briefcase was a signed statement by global south primates, ready to be released as a minority report with the communiqué if it had not been strengthened, according to several sources. It also would have signaled a breakup of the communion, they added." (emphasis mine)
The "signed statement" in that briefcase was obviously known to the Primates that signed it. But as a threat or a promise the document had little value unless it was more widely known that it existed and might indeed be put forward. That is, as a element in a week of what Stephen Bates called "raw politics, power plays, tactics and boycotts," the place and value of such a document rested in it being known by everyone that some of the Primates were ready to bring the whole house down. The document, it is reported, "would have signaled a breakup of the communion."
What then was in that signed statement?