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Adams to attend major conference in Basque country

16 October, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin has confirmed that party President Gerry Adams TD is travelling to the Basque country on Monday to take part in a major international initiative aimed at assisting a resolution of the conflict in the Basque country.

The conference is being held in San Sebastian in the Basque country on Monday October 17th.

The conference has been organised by Lokarri, the International Contact Group, the Basque Citizen Network for Agreement and Consultation and four other international foundations, peace/conflict resolution organisations, including the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

Also taking part will be former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan; Jonathan Powell, former Chief of Staff to Tony Blair; former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern; Pierre Joxe, former French Defense and Interior Minister;  Gro Harland Bruntland, former Norwegian Prime Minister, and others.

Gerry Adams said:

“Monday’s initiative is a consequence of considerable behind the scenes efforts, involving Sinn Féin and others in recent months and years.  I am very hopeful that the San Sebastian conference will lead to significant progress in the conflict resolution process.”

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