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    SIXTY DELEGATES, ALL WELL KNOWN FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO SECURE A LASTING PEACE IN THE WORLD, GATHERED AT BRUMMANA, NEAR BEIRUT, DECEMBER 28 FOR A THREE-DAY CONFERENCE ON THE PROPOSED ESTABLISHMENT OF A WORLD PEACE BRIGADE - AN UNARMED GROUP "ABLE TO ADDRESS THEMSELVES TO THE PROBLEM OF POVERTY, TENSION, CONFLICT AND INJUSTICE."
    ALTHOUGH THE DETAILS OF THEIR DISCUSSION WERE KEPT SECRET IT WAS KNOWN THAT THE CONFERENCE WAS TO BE DIVIDED INTO FOUR "POLICY WORKING GROUPS" OF ABOUT 15 PEOPLE EACH.

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    SIXTY DELEGATES, ALL WELL KNOWN FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO SECURE A LASTING PEACE IN THE WORLD, GATHERED AT BRUMMANA, NEAR BEIRUT, DECEMBER 28 FOR A THREE-DAY CONFERENCE ON THE PROPOSED ESTABLISHMENT OF A WORLD PEACE BRIGADE - AN UNARMED GROUP "ABLE TO ADDRESS THEMSELVES TO THE PROBLEM OF POVERTY, TENSION, CONFLICT AND INJUSTICE."
    ALTHOUGH THE DETAILS OF THEIR DISCUSSION WERE KEPT SECRET IT WAS KNOWN THAT THE CONFERENCE WAS TO BE DIVIDED INTO FOUR "POLICY WORKING GROUPS" OF ABOUT 15 PEOPLE EACH. THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES WERE: (1) PRINCIPLES AND AIMS, (2) STRUCTURE ( INCLUDING RELATIONSHIP WITH EXISTING ORGANIZATIONS) AND FINANCE, (3) VOLUNTEERS - SELECTION AND TRAINING, (4) INITIAL ACTIVITIES.

    APART FROM THE ADDRESS OF WELCOME BY THE REVEREND MICHAEL SCOTT OF BRITAIN, CHAIRMAN OF THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE, THERE WAS ONLY ONE OTHER SCHEDULED ADDRESS. JAYAPRAKASH NARAYAN, THE INDIAN SOCIALIST LEADER WHO MOVED FROM POLITICS TO THE GANDHIAN MOVEMENT, WAS TO SPEAK ON "FUNCTIONAL IDEALISM".

    EXTRACTS FROM A STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE REV MICHAEL BEFORE THE CONFERENCE BEGAN GIVES THESE FACTS ABUT THE PROPOSED WORLD PEACE BRIGADE: "THE SPONSORS OF THE CONFERENCE TO ESTABLISH A WORLD PEACE BRIGADE ARE FIRMLY CONVINCED THAT SUCH A BODY WOULD MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL IMPACT ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE. INDEPENDENT, UNARMED, AND TRAINED IN THE GANDHIAN TECHNIQUES OF NO-VIOLENCE, A NON-POLITICAL CORPS WOULD OFFER ITS SERVICES IN AREAS OF TENSION IN ADDITION TO HELPING ECONOMICALLY OR SOCIALLY DEPRESSED COMMUNITIES."
    WHEN THE UNITED NATIONS IS ASKED TO INTERVENE IN A DISPUTE IT MUST SEND TROOPS OR REFUSE THE REQUEST. WE SEE BOTH MORAL AND PRACTICAL PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN THE SENDING OF ARMED MEN UNDER ORDERS NOT TO USE THEIR WEAPONS. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INTER-RACIAL, INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE WOULD OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA33UE8C23KJYEUYTHAMTH1QFX2
    Media URN:
    VLVA33UE8C23KJYEUYTHAMTH1QFX2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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