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President of UPF Global Peace Council Addresses 8th International Conference of the Chief Justices of the World
Lucknow, India
December 18, 2007

Sir James Mancham greeted at the Presidential Palace in India by Her Excellency, SMT Prabitha Patil
Concluding what was described as a "Presidential Address" at the 8th International Conference of the Chief Justices of the World held in Lucknow, India, on the 8th of December 2007, Sir James R. Mancham, President of the Global Peace Council of the Universal Peace Federation appealed to the Government of India to use its influence with the USA and the UK to find an equitable, fair and just solution to the plight of the Chagossian people.

Reminding India of the extent to which it opposed the build up of the US naval, military and air complex on the island of Diego Garcia in the early sixties when, alongside the former Soviet Union, India was actively pursuing the policy of "Indian Ocean Zone of Peace". Sir James who is also the Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles, said that now that India and the USA are engaging themselves in joint naval exercises in the zone and now that an Indian has become the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, India was in a unique position to influence the American and UK Government to find an equitable and just solution to the Chagos problem.

Sir James Mancham addressing Her Excellency on behalf of a delegation of 48 Chief Justices from various nations
Before his arrival in Lucknow, Sir James, in New Delhi led a group of about 40 Chief Justices of various nations to a meeting at the Presidential Palace with the President of India H.E. Mrs. Pratibha Patil who has agreed to patronize the 9th Chief Justices of the World Conference that will be held in Lucknow next December on the theme of "Enforceable International Law."

Following the meeting with the President of India Sir James was presented with the Scroll of Honour of the International Council of Jurists and the All India Bar Association at a Dinner Reception hosted at the Sheraton Murati, New Delhi by the Chief Justice of India Mr. K.J. Balakrishnan.

Sir James at the opening of the Montessori School Museum of Arts

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