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The following is an extract from a press release we received a couple of days ago from the group Action for UN Renewal. Best wishes, Gabriel voices uk ************************************************************************* Denis Halliday, former United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq (1997-1998) will give the Erskine Childers Memorial lecture on Thursday 6th June 2002 at 7:00pm at Friends House, Euston Road, London. The title of the lecture is ‘United Nations: The Embarrassment of International Law’; and the meeting will be chaired by Jenny Tonge, MP, Shadow Minister for Development for the Liberal Democratic Party. After a 34-year career with the UN (rising to the Assistant Secretary-General level) Denis Halliday resigned in October 1998; to enable him to speak out publicly about the terrible impact of UN economic sanctions on the people of Iraq, free from the constraints imposed on him by his UN post. In 2000 Denis Halliday was jointly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize with Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness, the campaign against sanctions on Iraq. Admission to the lecture is free and no ticket is required but a collection will be taken to help cover expenses. Copies of Denis Halliday’s text, key passages of which are given below, will be available afterwards. "A sole hyper-power is dangerous. Rejection of international law is both arrogant and irresponsible. And despite the inherent weaknesses of the Charter, the peoples of the world need the United Nations to function - not as intended in 1945 - but more in the best interests of all the peoples and all states around the world… "Security Council failure to respect the provisions of international law, flowing from the Charter, now sadly embarrasses the United Nations and its member states…. Nevertheless the United Nations remains the most essential instrument for world peace and security… "I am calling for recognition that no one country is above, or immune to the requirements and obligations of international law. Respect for such law ultimately best serves, and protects, all member states…" For further information please contact: Jim Addington (Chair), Tel: 020 8399 2547, Email: JAdding37@aol.com Vijay Mehta (vice-chair) Tel: 020 7702 7633, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Addington is available for interview by arrangement. Denis Halliday will be available for interview on Thursday 6th June by arrangement; and will meet the press at 5:00pm at the Ibis Hotel in Cardington St, beside Euston Station. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk