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South Caucasus Peace Initiative

UPF-Eurasia Secretary General Visits Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia - The Secretary General of UPF-Eurasia, Jacques Marion, visited Georgia from August 12 to 17. During his stay, Ambassadors for Peace met at the Human Recourses Development Foundation of Tbilisi, on August 13. The 12 participants included NGO leaders, professors, participants in the summer volunteer project, and students.

The program was opened by Vitaly Maximov, chair of UPF Georgia. He told about the international peacemaking project in the South Caucasus “Unity in Love and Service” that was held in Zugdidi, West Georgia, from July 16 to 25. Thereafter, Merab Gamsakhurdia, leader of NGO “Let us protect the future generation,” and Natalya Simonidze, a businesswoman, shared their impressions of the project. Speakers emphasized the family atmosphere, efficient organization, and the impact of the love and inspiration received by the volunteers who shared it with the children at the boarding school, the place of their charitable activity.

After the break, Mr. Marion told the participants about the recent activities of UPF Founders Dr. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, including his meeting with the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan and the International Leadership Conference there. Participants also learned about the philosophical basis of UPF’s work for peace.

At the end of the program, each guest was given a copy of Dr. Moon’s autobiography.

A meeting with Beka Mindiashvili, leader of the Tolerance Center under the Human Rights Ombudsman and coordinator of the Council of Religions in Georgia, took place on August 15. The Council of Religions unites leaders of religious groups operating in Georgia and controls the observance of the right of religious freedom. Mr. Mindiashvili presented Mr. Marion with a book about nationalities and religions of Georgia issued by ombudsman’s office in 2008. Georgia law makes it possible for religious associations to register and enjoy the rights and liberties granted by the Constitution.

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