De Brún calls for continued EU support though a Peace III programme
Speaking after the launch at Belfast City Hall of the report " Building on Peace: Supporting Peace and Reconciliation After 2006", Sinn Féin EU candidate and former Minister Bairbre de Brún welcomed the publication of the report as a useful contribution to the challenge of supporting peace building, reconciliation and conflict resolution in the time ahead.
Bairbre de Brún said: " Whatever our views on the way forward, we must all recognise the extent of the journey that still lies ahead. We must also acknowledge the contribution of the European Union to date through its Special Support Programme for Peace and Reconciliation and its contribution to the International Fund for Ireland.
The two governments must continue to make a strong case for continued EU support though a Peace III programme for peace building, reconciliation and conflict resolution. They must also make plans to fill the gap in the absence of such funding.
European Peace programmes can support the preparation for managed rather than unmanaged change by further enhancing equality and social inclusion, developing common policies north and south, developing models for civic engagement on changing policies, providing training in human rights, developing twining initiatives across Ireland and promoting Irish language projects.
We must now have the widest possible debate between the many groups and stakeholders throughout Ireland about how we manage the transition from conflict towards becoming a peaceful and economically prosperous region of Europe. Today's report is a useful contribution to that debate and to the challenge of supporting peace building, reconciliation and conflict resolution in the time ahead." ENDS
Note to editors
The report " Building on Peace: Supporting Peace and Reconciliation after 2006 was launched this morning by a cross-border consortium which includes
- Area Development Management Ltd
- Combat Poverty Agency
- Co-operation Ireland
- The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
The foreword to the report describes is as an 'ideas' paper which does not necessarily reflect the policy positions of the SEUPB or members of the Cross Border Consortium