Northern Ireland

Peace conference opens in Londonderry

A major peace conference opens in Londonderry on Friday.

The three-day event is organised by Rotary International and the University of Ulster's INCORE Institute.

It will look at ways other countries can learn from the peace process in Northern Ireland.

Hundreds of delegates will attend the event, including politicians, business leaders, policy makers, academics and peace activists.

Speakers include Juan José Ibarretxe Markuartu, former president of the Basque country autonomous community, Roelf Meyer, chief negotiator for the National Party government in South Africa during the transition from apartheid, and Chouchou Namegabe Dubuisson from Democratic Republic of Congo.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, journalist Fergal Keane, former PUP leader Dawn Purvis and the Human Rights Commission's Alan McBride will also attend.

INCORE director, professor Brandon Hamber, said the conference was a unique opportunity for delegates to learn from other peace-building initiatives.

"Since the ending of the Cold War, there has been a proliferation of conflicts based on ethnic, religious, political and social issues," he said.

"This is an ideal forum to look at creative approaches to the prevention and management of such conflicts.

"It is appropriate that it is being held in Derry-Londonderry, a city shaped by periods of conflict, reconciliation and now regeneration.

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