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Ambassadors for Peace

The problem with war, particularly in Vietnam, was that weapons such as napalm had no soul. If you happened to be below it you were instantly incinerated. I arrived at 1:00 am, in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) after a flight haunted by images of movies and news reports from the 1970s. I was planning to stay ten days but remained a full month.

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Jean Paul Samputu is one of only two members of his family to survive the atrocities that took place in his homeland of Rwanda. Samputu lost his parents, three brothers and a sister. In October of 1990 he had been imprisoned along with other Tutsis for six months. Upon returning to his village he was warned by his father to leave because as a well-known musician his life would be in danger in the outbreak of violence that would only be a matter of time.

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Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire - In the prestigious “Felix Houphouët Boigny” room of the District Hotel of Abidjan a significant ceremony took place on June 2, 2008. Thirty-eight people from religious, political, administrative, academic, civil society, traditional chief groups, accompanied by members of their family, their colleagues from work and their friends, attended the second official ceremony for appointing new Ambassadors for Peace.

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Approximately 50 Ambassadors for Peace met in Berlin, Germany, April 28-29, 2007 to lay the groundwork for a National Peace Council.

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On April 13, 2008, we celebrated our first gathering of Ambassadors for Peace in the new headquarters of the Universal Peace Federation in Madrid. Over two hundred guests came, many more than we had expected according to the confirmations in previous days. The house was filled with the joy of meeting long-time friends and new guests. All of them praised the facilities and the beauty of the new Peace Embassy. Some already started to propose future activities in the beautiful halls.

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A diplomat by profession, my father is a living example of integrity and maturity, which are crucial for promoting peace. The common theme running through his life is his confidence in non-violence as a potent instrument for ushering in durable peace at the individual and collective levels.

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My wife, Leyla, and I are from Duhok, which is in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq on the border with Turkey. My life’s story is similar to that of many Iraqis who experienced the Saddam Hussein regime, and the fact that I am alive to give this testimony is a miracle. Now I can look back and clearly see how God has directed me and my family to this wonderful movement, UPF.

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UPF-India held its first meeting in 2008 on the theme “UPF-India Vision for 2008 and Beyond” at the beautiful India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi with 70 Ambassadors for Peace and friends in attendance on February 29.

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Around 25 Ambassadors for Peace attended a brainstorming session organized by UPF-France on January 26, 2008 in Paris. The main purpose was to launch working committees to prepare for the Global Peace Festival to be held in Paris in September.

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On January 17 UPF-Cote d’Ivoire held a welcoming ceremony for the Ambassadors for Peace who received their appointments on December 27, 2007. The venue was the prestigious District Hall in Abidjan.

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Dakar, Senegal - Secretary General Mbaye DIOP gave a general report of UPF activities in the world, in Africa and in Senegal and also about a UPF conference in Mauritania the previous September. Twenty-two Ambassadors for Peace attended the meeting at the UPF headquarters.

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Ambassador for Peace, Mr. Komlan MallyCongratulations to UPF Ambassador for Peace Mr. Komlan Mally on his recent appointment as the new Prime Minister of Togo on December 03, 2007.

 

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