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Tuesday, 15 February 2005
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The International Educational Development (accredited with the UN ECOSOC) and the Kashmiri American Council is sponsoring the "International Kashmir Peace Conference", entitled "Peace Initiative in South Asia: Exploring Possible Options for Kashmir" to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on Thursday & Friday, February 24th & 25th, 2005.

This years conference has come at a crucial point in South Asian history. The international community has become increasingly concerned at the failure to resolve the Kashmir question, an issue which, if not resolved, could have disastrous consequences on the lives of millions of people across South Asia. Both India and Pakistan have recently placed Kashmir on a negotiating agenda. In September, during the historic meeting between Prime Minister Manhoman Singh of India and President Musharraf of Pakistan, the leaders affirmed their commitment to “explore possible options for a peaceful negotiated settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir issue in a sincere spirit and purposeful manner.” It is our hope that the two leaders and their governments fully recognize that there can be no “peaceful negotiated settlement” without the full and active participation of Kashmiris living on both sides of the Ceasefire Line as well as of those belonging to the Kashmiri diaspora.

The speakers will focus not only on the well known opposing views of the governments of India and Pakistan but also on the rights and perceptions of the people of Kashmir. In having these distinguished speakers share the podium, we seek the beginning of a dialogue that can bolster the current momentum of the peace process. The full range of positions regarding the crisis in Kashmir will be voiced, and any conclusions or recommendations from this program will have the backing of people with the most potential to act on them in a positive manner.

4th International Kashmir Peace Conference

The United Nations Headquarters
New York, New York
Conference Room # 1

"Peace Initiative in South Asia: Exploring Possible Options for Kashmir"

Thursday, February 24th, 2005.
Registration: 9.00 a.m.

Speakers:

From India:

1. Mr. Dileep Padgaonkar, former Executive Managing Editor and currently Consulting Editor and a columnist of The Times of India. He was conferred the Legion dHonneur, Frances highest civilian award.
2 Mr. Kuldeep Nayar has served as Indias High Commissioner to London; press officer to Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri; Editor of United News of India; Resident Editor of The Statesman, New Delhi; The Indian Express, Chandigarh.
3. Ambassador Nirupam Sen ***
Indian Ambassador to the United Nations, New York.


From Pakistan :

1 Mr. Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Member, the Senate of Pakistan. He is the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Defence; Foreign Affairs; Kashmir Affairs; Northern affairs; Government Assurances and Human Rights
2. Ambassador Munir Akram
Pakistani Ambassador to the United Nations, New York.
3. Professor Mumtaz Ahmad, Department of Political Science University of Virginal, Hampton.

from the United Nations:

1. Mr. Kieran Prendergast, Under Secretary General for Political Affairs ***

from the United States:

1. Dr. Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State, the United States ***
2. Dr. Robert C. McFarlane, Former National Security Advisor to the President Reagan & Chairman, Energy and Communications Solutions, Washington, D.C.
3. Dr. Daniel Philpott, Associate Professor, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Notre Dame, Indiana.
4. Amb. Yusuf Buch, former Advisor to the UN Secretary General
5. Dr. Vijay Sazawal, President, Indo-American Kashmir Forum
5. Dr. Ghulam-Nabi Mir, President, World Kashmir Freedom Movement

From Kashmir:

1. Mr. Syed Ali Geelani, Chairman, All Parties Hurriyet Conference
2. Mr. Mohamamd Yasin Malik, Chairman, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front
3. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, All Parties Hurriyet Conference
4. Mr. Shabir A. Shah, President, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party
5. Pandit Bhushan Bazaz, President, Indo-Kashmir Cultural Forum
6. Dr. Hameeda Banu, Professor of English, University of Kashmir
7. Mr. Farooq Siddiqi, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front
8. Dr. Rekha Chowdhary, Jammu University


From Europe:

1. Mr. Lars Rise, Member, Norwegian Parliament
1. Barrister Majeed Tramboo, Executive Director, Kashmir Center, Brussels
2. Prof. Nazir Shawl, Executive Director, Kashmir Center, London


(*** to be confirmed).

Admission to the Conference on 24th February is free but registration
is required.



Kashmir Roundtable Discussion


The United Nations Headquarters
New York New York
Conference Room # D


Friday, February 25th 2005


Registration at 9.00 a.m.

There will be a Kashmir Roundtable Discussion on Friday, 25th February at the United Nations Headquarters.

Seating to the Round-table Discussion is limited. Admission is free but registration is required. Program for the Roundtable begins at 9.00 a.m. Kindly call or send us e-mail or fax to register prior to September 25th. No one will be admitted without prior registration.

No exceptions.
 
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