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Moon’s World Peace Summit 2008 Underway in South Korea

A website from Azerbaijan reports on an upcoming peace summit, at which representatives of 190 countries will be present:

The Azerbaijani Ombudswoman Elmira Suleymanova intends to call on the international organizations to concentrate their efforts on settling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. She will make the call at the World Peace Summit to take place in Seoul from 9 to 13 February, the Ombudswoman’s administration reported on 2 February.

Suleymanova will inform the participants of the summit of the Armenian aggression, as a result of which over 20% of the Azerbaijani territory was occupied and over a million of Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced persons.

Details about the summit are curiously scarce, and to find out about the organisers we have to turn to the only other report about the event currently on-line, which comes from Sierra Leone:

Sierra Leone’s foremost International Elder Statesman, Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, the former President has informed this medium that he will tonight Thursday February 7th 2008, leave Freetown on a whirlwind international trip that is scheduled to take him to a few places around the globe in the month of February.

…Following the overnight hosting of Kabbah by the Moroccan King in Morocco, the next day, President Kabbah will head to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in transit to Seoul, South Korea where he is a Special Invited Guest at the World Peace Summit 2008 hosted by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) from 9th to 13th February 2008. The UPF’s Interreligious & International Federation for World Peace, is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council. The theme of the Summit is “Toward a New Paradigm of Leadership and Good Governance for Peace in the 21st Century” and the former President is expected to deliver a paper to the Summit.

In fact, the UPF is the new name of the IIFWP; the founder, of course, is Rev Sun Myung Moon. For some reason, there isn’t currently anything about the summit on the UPF website.

This is just the kind of thing I’m now logging on my Ambassadors for Moon blog.

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