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de Brún calls for EU Centre for Conflict Resolution to be established in the North

10 November, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will call for an EU Centre for Conflict Resolution to be established in the North of Ireland and will stress the importance of a 'Europe-wide network of regions and cities that are coming out of conflict or that are living with conflict and exclusion' when addressing a conference on conflict resolution in the European Parliament tomorrow.

In her speech she will outline the role the EU can play in conflict resolution.

The Conference will be facilitated by Gérard Onesta, Vice President of the European Parliament and will be addressed by Bairbre de Brún MEP, Brian Currin and Raymond Kendall.

Speaking in advance of the Conference Ms de Brún said:

"In my evaluation of the PEACE programme, adopted by the European Parliament this year I looked at the European link to a peace-building project. I specifically referred to the fact that some Member States have conflicts of their own and the process of conflict resolution in those areas could benefit from looking at the Irish experience of how the EU helped.

"Under measure 4.1 of the PEACE II programme, there was an exchange of experience at project level between areas across Europe and further afield, including Albania, Belarus, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine and Bosnia. We are now looking at creating a Europe-wide network of regions and cities that are coming out of conflict or that are living with conflict and exclusion. The European Commission has enthusiastically backed the creation of such a network.

"I also call for an EU Centre for Conflict Resolution to be established in the North of Ireland. Such an EU centre could make a huge contribution to conflict resolution across Europe and beyond." ENDS

Note to Editors:

The Conference on Conflict Resolution in the EU is being organised by Basque Friendship MEP's support group for a peace process in the Basque Country. The Conference will be facilitated by Gérard Onesta, Vice President of the European Parliament and will be addressed by Bairbre de Brún MEP, Brian Currin and Raymond Kendall, members of the International Initiative for Peace and Dialogue in the Basque Country.

The Conference will take place from 10.00 to 12.00 in Room A1G-3 in the European Parliament in Brussels.

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