H.E. MR. HARRI HOLKERI
President of the General Assembly
On the occasion of
Special screening of the CNN documentary "Soldiers of Peace"
19 September 2000
I would like to address my words to the group of Colombian children, seated next to me. Earlier today, another group of children gave me a very special gift, 50 million signatures from people all over the world campaigning for the culture of peace. I feel very privileged for having received such a gift and I have today joined the campaign. By signing I recommit myself to respect all life and to reject violence.
Dear children, thank you for making this day so unique. Your active role in
the peace movement in Colombia proves that it is possible to break free from
the circle of violence. Children are not only victims of conflicts, but they
can express their will for peace and justice. Joined together, you have an enormous
amount of energy to advance forgiveness and a culture of peace. I would like
to encourage you to continue your efforts.