In a letter published in Seychelles Nation, Prof. Dr. Negoslav Ostojic, the Executive Director of the European Center for Peace and Development (ECDP) based in Belgrade, Serbia, states that his organization is interested in contributing towards the establishment in Seychelles of a center for Peace and National Reconciliation Studies.
Prof. Ostojic was responding to an article by Seychelles founding President Sir James R. Mancham which Nation published on Monday, January 18, 2016, saying that the idea of promoting such a center in Seychelles is one whose time had come.
“If Seychelles can be the center of the Vanilla Islands Tourism concept, if it can be the center of the Blue Economy philosophy – why not also offer ourselves as a center for Peace and National Reconciliation Studies?”
As a matter of fact, the Republic of Seychelles have already been involved in the national reconciliation process three years ago when Seychelles actual President James Alix Michel and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa hosted the feuding leaders of Madagascar on the island of Desroches in the Seychelles archipelago in an endeavor to promote Malagasy unity and reconciliation in the large Indian Ocean island.
It is to be further noted that last week the Republic of Seychelles withdrew its candidacy to become a member of the United Nations Security Council in favor of Ethiopia, with only Kenya left as other candidate from Africa interested in the position.
In his letter to Nation, Prof. Ostojic who referred to Sir James R. Mancham as “a highly respected member of the ECPD Academic Council for over 30 years”, said that Mancham’s idea is an innovative one of great interest to the ECPD and that considering Seychelles geographic situation and past history, ECPD would be interested to contribute towards the realization of such a project.
The European Center for Peace and Development of the University for Peace established by the United Nations is an International Inter-Government Education Research organization, founded in 1983 with its headquarters in Belgrade, based on the agreement concluded between the University for Peace established by the United Nations and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia, as a unique organization for post-graduate education and also other forms of learning and research aimed at promotion of peace, development and international cooperation.