Men and women representing different races, religions and creeds from all over the globe have gathered in Budapest for a meeting of the World Peace Council.
GV EXT Conference hall
GV INT Delegates seated
GV Delegate seated
CU Delegates, India's Krishna Menon on right
MV Madame Binh
GV PAN Delegates
CU & SV Churchmen
CU ZOOM OUT Speaker
Initials BB/1712 RR/BOB/BB/1812
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Background: Men and women representing different races, religions and creeds from all over the globe have gathered in Budapest for a meeting of the World Peace Council.
The meeting is scheduled to last for four days, from 13 to 16 May, and is being led by the World Peace Council's General Secretary, Romesh Chandra, from Finland.
Before the meeting opened on Thursday, Mr. Chandra received a personal note of encouragement for the organisation's quest for peace from United Nations General Secretary U Thant.
SYNOPSIS: Eight hundred representatives of races, creeds and religions that encompass the globe are gathered in Budapest this week. They are representing their countries or their beliefs at a meeting of the World Peace Council. It is here that black and white, Christian and non-Christian, Arab and Jew, Communist and capitalist can join together in harmony in their quest for peace, led by the Council's General Secretary, Romesh Chandra of Finland.
There are many among the council who have been recognised for their work towards international peace. India's Krishna Menon, Nguyen Van Hieu, of the Peace Council for South Vietnam, Lenin Peace Prizewinner Isabel Blume are among the Council's elected Presidium members. With them on the rostrum in Budapest are Louis Saillant of France, Alexander Kornyjchuk of the Soviet Union, Josef Lukas of Czechoslovakia, and Doctor Gunther Drafahl of the German Democratic Republic. The aim of the World Peace Council is the peaceful co-existence of the world's various social and economic systems. In a personal message sent to the Council before this meeting opened, United Nation Secretary General U Thant told them: "Never before since the foundation of the United Nations Organisation is there a greater need for the cooperation and support of all international, regional and national groups labouring for the benefit of peace."