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News Image 21283 - Int`l Peace Bureau to award Macbride Prize to Dhanapala
Sunday, 11 November 2007 - 1:37 AM SL Time - Some news pictures are worth a million words

Lankan News Photo From : Int`l Peace Bureau to award Macbride Prize to Dhanapala
The International Peace Bureau (IPB) will award the organisation`s annual Peace Prize to Jayantha Dhanapala, a highly-respected Sri Lankan diplomat, who has devoted his career to disarmament and global justice, the IPB announced.

The award will be made during the international seminar entitled Books or Bombs?

Sustainable Disarmament for Sustainable Development, to held in collaboration with the Institute of Peace Studies at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina from Nov. 11-12. He is to receive the award tomorrow.

Ambassador Dhanapala is being honoured with the prestigious award for his dedication for the cause of disarmament and his initiatives towards Central Asian Nuclear - Weapons Free Zone.

The IPB making the announcement of the award said: `Jayantha Dhanapala like Sean MacBride is a remarkable figure on the world stage. His diplomatic career has been a distinguished one.

`Dhanapala has made disarmament his special field of expertise, and he had the honour of presiding over the historic 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference - and managed to find an ingenious solution acceptable to all when most observers felt the Conference was deadlocked.

He was UN Under Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs from 1998 to 2003, and the development of the Department under his leadership has been much applauded.

Dhanapala remains actively involved in several international bodies and is a member of various expert bodies, for example the recent Blix Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction and in 1996 the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

He has also just been elected President of the Pugwash conferences on Science and World Affairs.`

Every year the IPB awards a special prize to a person or organisation that has done outstanding work for peace, disarmament or human rights.

These were the principal concerns of Sean MacBride, the distinguished Irish statesman who was Chairman of IPB from 1968-74 and President from 1974-1985.

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Congrats to Mr. Danapala.
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Every year the IPB awards a special prize to a person or organisation that has done outstanding work for peace

Amazing, this award doesn't go to so called 'peace dove'
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  10 Nov 2007 19:59:01 GMT  Report for Abuse  

congrats to Mr Danapala..
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Congratulation and best wishes, Mr.Dhanapala.
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Congrat Dr Danapala for your hard work
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Congrats to Mr. Danapala.

For what???

What global justice he or they are talking of?? Charity begins at home, let him be first reasonable and truthful to his country's oppressed minority and then we will give him an award.

Why can't some give this Pugwash (or Pucka wash) awards to Mugabe, Musharaf, Bush and others too who have done so much for global peace, nuclear free world and ever lasting peace and justice?

The whole world has become a BIG EYE WASH.

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You very well deserve this sir,
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We met Mr Dhanapala in 1995 (?) when he was the ambassador to the USA. It was a very pleasent experience. This was not your typical government servent. He knew his job. He knew all the important figures in the US government including senetors & congressman.

I did't think we had at least Three people in the whole SL government who are as good as Mr Dhanapalai.

The way he could give names, figures, facts without notes and his smooth but powerful voice, and his whole personality impressed everyone in our small group. He loved the country. (no political party)

He deserved to be the UN chief. He would have been great.

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he he no wonder the terrorists hate you
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A person with Excellent performance as a Diplomat, A reasonable example to Sri Lankan Diplomats.
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