Pat Sheehan MLA to speak at International peace conference in Paris.
Sinn Féin MLA, Pat Sheehan, will travel to Paris tomorrow at the invitation of 'Foundation Gabriel Péri', to speak at an international peace conference titled 'Ways of Peace Today'.
Also in attendance will be Phillippe Rio, French Mayor of Grigny, Sylvie Brigot-Vilain, Director Amnesty International France, Michelle Demessine, Senator and member of Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces, Michael McPhearson, Director 'Veteran For Peace' USA, Miho Shimma, Hiroshima-Nagasaki Institute, Jaime Caycedo, General Secretary Communist Party of Colombia, Marie-Christine Vergiat, MEP France, Chris Nineham, Vice-Chair 'Stop The War' Britain, Aesha Aqtam and Miriam Ben Rafael, members of 'Palestinian Israeli Bereaved Families For Peace'.
Speaking ahead of the conference Pat Sheehan said:
“The Irish peace process is considered an international model for conflict resolution throughout the world. Despite the ongoing challenges and difficulties we continue to face, the lessons of our experience from armed conflict to political agreement are much sought after.
“We are not prescriptive in our views. We acknowledge that no two areas of conflict are the same. However, we do believe there are universal principles that can be exported from our process to assist political resolution based on dealing with the causes of conflict in an inclusive way with representatives of all mandates at the negotiating table.
“It is these experiences and general principles that I will outline in my presentation to the Gabriel Péri Foundation international conference.
“I will also use this opportunity to deliver an update on the situation in Ireland, the challenges of Brexit, the efforts to get the political institutions up and running in the North on a basis of equality, respect and integrity, and the health and housing crises facing the people of the South.
“The Irish peace process has laid the foundation for a strategic discussion on the transition to a new, agreed, united Ireland built upon reconciliation and equality.”