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Minister Kelly kicks off Peace Day campaign

17 September, 2008

The importance of respecting individuality and creating a society that is at ease with its diversity was highlighted by Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly MLA today.

The minister was launching the Peace Day Campaign, organised by Springboard Opportunities Limited, to raise awareness of the United Nations International Day of Peace Campaign which is celebrated annually on 21st September.

Speaking at the launch in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Minister Kelly said:

"The importance of moving towards a society where there is respect, understanding and acceptance of each other's traditions cannot be stressed enough - where the differences in our society cease to be barriers between us. I believe this is not just true for us here but world-wide. Traditions need not and should not be competitive.

"Everyone of us has the responsibility and a role to play in creating a society that is at ease with individual diversity and with the diversity of communities."

In concluding his remarks Junior Minister Kelly said he hoped that everyone would "have an opportunity to mark in our own way the UN International Day of Peace on 21st September". ENDS

Note to Editors

The official celebration, which is free to attend for all ages, takes place on 21st September in Belfast's Oh Yeah Music Centre with doors open to the public from 12.30pm.

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