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Local campaigner invited to Iraq Peace Conference.


Local campaigner invited to Iraq Peace Conference.

Local ‘Families for NonViolence’ campaigner, Tim Tipene, has been invited to attend a peace conference in Iraq next month. Iraq’s weapons programme is currently being inspected by United Nations representatives to determine if Iraq has breached their ban on the production of weapons of mass destruction. America has challenged the findings of UN inspectors to date and is hoping to lead Britain and other countries in an assault on Iraq late in February.

However an international organization known as NASYO, Non-Aligned Students and Youth Organization, is holding a peace conference in Baghdad mid February in an attempt to have a peaceful resolution to the Iraqi crisis. The event known as the European International Conference on No War and Aggression on Iraq, will include delegates from all over the world who are involved in peace campaigning. West Aucklander, Tim Tipene, has received an invitation from NASYO to attend the conference in Iraq and help to prevent war.

“It is a scary time to consider such a venture, however it is important that New Zealand is involved in peaceful resolutions rather than participating in an act of mass terrorism,” said Mr Tipene. “There are a lot of innocent people in Iraq. We should never forget that. If there is an attack there will be a lot of children, women and men suffering and dying.”

Tim is well known for his writing and work in the community. On the 27th of January he has organized a world wide giving of Flowers to Islam as a peace gesture and on the 22nd of March he is conducting a nation wide Families for NonViolence march.


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