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23 November 2009
NORTHERN IRELAND SHARES EXPERIENCE TO AID CONFLICT RESOLUTION
The Northern Ireland Assembly today is to recognise the work done by its Members, staff and many others to share Northern Ireland’s experiences of conflict resolution with other countries.
Local politicians and individuals and organisations involved in conflict resolution have been invited to attend the event, which also marks the launch of a report of an EU/UN supported study visit to Northern Ireland of Iraqi parliamentarians.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA said: “Since restoration in 2007 the Northern Ireland Assembly has supported a range of initiatives aimed at sharing our experiences of conflict resolution with politicians and policy makers from other countries.
“ Northern Ireland has received a lot of support from other countries and parliamentarians as we have progressed through our peace process and worked to build an effective Assembly. I am delighted that, in turn, so many people are willing to offer their own experiences to assist other countries.
“I am very pleased to be able to launch the report of the important Iraqi study visit, which highlights the contribution made by many politicians, individuals and bodies to resolving conflict by political means.”
Also speaking at the event are the report authors, Quintin Oliver and Bronagh Hinds, who said, “We are pleased to contribute to the many insights about the Northern Ireland peace process–no solutions, no templates, no blueprints, just the rich and reflective observations from those most closely involved in moving society along from conflict.
We commend all involved, from both here and Iraq for their patience and their commitment to peaceful, democratic progress.”
The reception is on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 at 1pm in the Members’ Dining Room, Parliament Buildings Belfast
Guests to the reception include MLAs, officials from OFMDFM, Northern Ireland Office, and representatives from the British-Irish Secretariat, the Community Relations Council, the Institute for Conflict Research, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Queen's University, Belfast, University of Ulster, the US Consulate office in Northern Ireland and Honorary Consuls from countries such as Poland, Greece and France.
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