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Pöttering support for Conflict Resolution Centre welcomed

24 November, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed the support of the President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering for a Centre for Conflict Resolution in the North of Ireland.

Ms de Brún said:

"I am on record as calling for the establishment of an EU Centre for Conflict Resolution in the North of Ireland and welcome the warm words of support from the President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering.

"I believe that such an EU centre here could make a huge contribution to conflict resolution across Europe and beyond.

"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." ENDS

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