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Newry Armagh MP to speak at International Conflict Conference

20 June, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy will be speak at the Oslo Forum 2007, which will be held at Losby Manor, near Oslo this weekend (June 27th/28th).

The Oslo Forum 2007 is co-hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. The fifth of its kind, the Forum, is a unique opportunity for senior third-party conflict mediators and other key peace process actors to share their experiences, identify challenges and reflect on their own and others' practice in a discreet setting and informal atmosphere. Some of those who will be contributing to the two day Conference are:

  • Mr Kofi Annan, Former United Nations Secretary-General
  • Dr Hannan Ashrawi, Secretary General, the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH)
  • Mr Jonathan Powell, Chief of Staff to British Prime Minister Tony Blair
  • Dr Baburam Bhattarai, Communist Party of Nepal (CPN-Maoist)
  • General John de Chastelain, Head of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning, Northern Ireland
  • Dr Colin Irwin, Research Fellow in the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool and specialist on the use of public opinion polling in peace processes
  • Mr Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani journalist and author of 'Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia 'and 'Jihad: the Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia'

The Sinn Féin MP has been a key member of the Sinn Féin negotiating team and is now the Assembly DRD Minister.

Speaking ahead of the conference Mr Murphy said:

"I will be bringing to all those in attendance a personal insight into how the peace process here evolved and how it has now impacted on the island of Ireland. No doubt many of the delegates who will have come from countries around the world will have a keen interest in our peace process." ENDS

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