The Indian President, Mr Zail Singh, addressed a three-day peace conference that opened in New Delhi on February 9.
GV & PAN President Zail Singh of India entering conference room in the Vigyan Bhavan building New Delhi
GV Delegates seated in front of rostrum at conference. Banner on front of rostrum reads "World Peace Conference"
SCU Madame Sadat, widow of former President of Egypt, addresses conference (ENGLISH SOT)
GV Delegates listening
SCU Dr James Jonah, UN Assistant Sec. Gen. addresses conference (ENGLISH SOT)
SV Delegates listening with Jonah's voice over (ENGLISH SOT)
GV ZOOM INTO SV President Singh lighting candles, delegates watch (2 shots)
SCU President Singh addresses conference (HINDI SOT)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE 3): MADAME SADAT: "Even the most violent of enemies cannot but respond to the genuine call for peace. So my message to all of you dear friends is simple: 'let us put our heads and hearts together and come forth with a universal appeal for love that will reach every man, woman and child on this planet.'"
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE 5): DR JONAH: "The United nations, which was set-up to assist governments to harmonise their interests, and to contribute to the maintenance of peace and security, is losing its vitality."
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The Indian President, Mr Zail Singh, addressed a three-day peace conference that opened in New Delhi on February 9. There were more than 200 delegates from overseas, including Madame Sadat, the wife of the late Egyptian President, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr James Jonah, the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. The conference was organised by an Indian religious sect known as the Brahma Kumaris World Peace University. its members believe that meditation and prayer can aid the peace process. The University has bee affiliated to the United Nations Department of Public Information since 1980 and has established major centres in a number of countries, including the United States, England, Zambia and Hong Kong. In her address, Madame Sadat told the delegates that even the most violent of enemies could not ignore their appeal for peace. Dr. James Jonah warned that the United Nations, which he said was set up to contribute to the maintenance of World peace, was now in danger of losing its vitality. Later President Singh lit candles to inaugurate the conference and in a speech in Hindi called for a "spiritual advancement of the human race which could ensure World peace." He also said that he wanted an end to the hatred that had afflicted so many countries.