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Dave Anderson MP visits to Kenya and the Middle East

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on February 16, 2009

There has been considerable interest in Dave Anderson MP’s support for the good works of the Universal Peace Federation.

Click here for a report of the visit to the Middle East in 2007. This includes a visit to a hospital in Bethlehem, the work with Israeli and Palestinian Doctors, meeting trade union representatives, the support for the Bereaved Family Forum who are seeking reconciliation rather than revenge, briefings and appointments with Israeli and Palestinian politicians and bringing together of religious leaders of all sides. During his visit Dave Anderson was able to question Dr Mustafa Bhargouti, Palestinian Minister of Communication and Mr Oded Ben Haim, Director of Palestinian Affairs Division of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In Kenya the conference included a clean up of the Nairobi river, a UN project that the UPF sought to promote. There were further activities, including a football tournament that brought together the tribes that were engaged in post-election violence in Kenya.

The conference in Nairobi was attended by Kenyan Prime Minister and Mrs Odinga, former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, former Prime Minister of Romania, Victor Ciorbea, former President of Slovakia Michel Kovac and former President of Sierra Leone Ahmed Kabbah, as well as many other parliamentarians from across the world.

Politicians of a wide spectrum of backgrounds have participated in Universal Peace Federation, or its preceding organisation, Inter-religious International Federation for World Peace, events.

Robin Marsh
UPF – UK Secretary General

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