19 UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors issue statement on Iraq

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Paris, UNESCO Headquarters, 6 February 2003 - On the occasion of our annual meeting, held in Paris on 5-6 February 2003, we, the Goodwill Ambassadors of UNESCO wish to express our great concern over the risk of war in Iraq.
Expressing ourselves in our own names, we wish to recall the Preamble of the UNESCO Constitution, which states:

"- That since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed;

- That ignorance of each other's ways and lives has been a common cause, throughout the history of mankind, of that suspicion and mistrust between the peoples of the worlds through which their differences have all too often broken into war;

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- That the wide diffusion of culture, and the education of humanity for justice and liberty and peace are indispensable to the dignity of man and constitute a sacred duty which all the nations must fulfil in a spirit of mutual assistance and concern;

- That a peace based exclusively upon the political and economic arrangements of governments would not be a peace which could secure the unanimous, lasting and sincere support of the peoples of the world, and that the peace must therefore be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind;"

Convinced that a war may be avoided, we urgently request on the one hand to the Iraqi authorities to provide their cooperation and to comply fully with the requirements expressed by the United Nations Security Council and, on the other hand, appeal to all States Members of the United Nations to work for peace.

Patrick BAUDRY, Pierre BERGE, Pierre CARDIN, Marin CONSTANTIN, Cheick Modibo DIARRA, Miguel Angel ESTRELLA, H.R.H. Princess FIRYAL, Ivry GITLIS, Ikuo HIRAYAMA, Jean Michel JARRE, Omer Zülfü LIVANELI, H.R.H. Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, Kitín MUNOZ, Ute-Henriette OHOVEN, Kim Phuc PHAN, Madanjeet SINGH, Zurab TSERETELI, Giancarlo Elia VALORI, Marianna VARDINOYANNIS.