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Martin McGuinness MLA to deliver Peace Lecture 2013

September 13, 2013 | Nick Taylor

 The event is now sold out but will be filmed for transmission to coincide with Peace One Day on Saturday 21st September 2013.

Martin McGuinness, deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland will deliver a Peace Lecture in the lead up to Peace Day 2013, the annual event to promote global ceasefire and non-violence.

Colin and Wendy Parry extended the invitation to deliver the lecture in support of their work to prevent, resolve and respond to violent conflict. They established the Peace Foundation in 1995 and in 2000, opened the Peace Centre.

The core purpose of the Foundation is the promotion and provision of non violent conflict resolution services to people at risk of violent extremism, whether as victims or perpetrators, and to the reconciliation of those who have been victims and perpetrators of terrorism.

Colin and Wendy are particularly keen that Martin McGuinness delivers the lecture to an invited audience, in part to mark the significance of 20th anniversary of the IRA bombing in Warrington. But, also because he has made a remarkable journey of his own in becoming a leading spokesman for the Peace Process and by being deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland.

The Foundation successfully facilitates difficult conversations and specialist meetings between the likes of former British soldiers and former IRA volunteers. Such meetings demonstrate that reconciliation is both possible and beneficial in dealing with the pain of the past and creating peace.

Colin Parry said: “It is because Martin McGuinness has embraced mainstream, constitutional politics in order to pursue his goal of a united Ireland, that I invited him to deliver the lecture.

“I am fully aware of his past life as an active member and leader of the IRA, but he has, since the negotiations leading to the Good Friday Peace Agreement, fully committed himself to peaceful and constitutional methods of building the Northern Ireland peace process.

“Such activities are entirely consistent with the founding principles of the Foundation and with the ethos at the heart of the work we do in memory of my son and Johnathan Ball, because by doing so, we are doing something positive in their names in order to address the personal and community impact of extremism and terrorism.”

The lecture is to support the global Peace Day that encourages individuals and groups everywhere to take brave and courageous action to promote peace and in 2013 poses a question, who will you make peace with? (www.peaceoneday.org)

The event is now sold out but will be filmed for transmission to coincide with Peace One Day on Saturday 21st September 2013.