President`s Remarks

Graham Watson MEP
Mr Graham Watson MEP
All too often our focus seems fixed on the negative. In our campaigns, we aim to "Stop War" but not to "Promote Peace" and our daily news bulletins are filled with stories of conflict and bloodshed to ensure that war remains at the centre of our attention. That is why I am pleased to add my support to this very worthy attempt to build a positive campaign for World Peace and a genuine attempt to establish an integrated global peace lobby.

For me, the two most important engines to promote peace are democracy and economic co-operation. From experience, the adage holds that democracies (specifically liberal democracies) never go to war with one another. Through supranational cooperation, collective decisions are taken which ensure that the dangers of unilateralism are avoided and dangers which are all too clearly highlighted currently in Iraq. Through institutions such as the UN and the EU we strive for such a system: a system where decisions are taken collectively and collaboratively for the benefit of all.

But it is through greater and better communication between those suing for peace that makes politicians listen and the chances for lasting peace - most notably in the war torn zones in Middle East and in Africa - increase. Whilst achieving "world peace" may seem a far cry, to critics of such efforts I am reminded of the words of Margaret Mead:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has."

With best wishes,
Graham Watson MEP
Member of the European Parliament for South West England and Gibraltar and Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament

Graham and the Dalai Lama
Graham enjoys a chat with the Dali Lama.


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