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November, 1997

Landmine abolition treaty

On December 3, 1997, representatives of more than 100 countries will gather in Ottawa to sign Landmine Abolition Treaty, formally the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction. The entire week of December 1 to 7 will be devoted to a Landmine Treaty Conference, with discussions and celebrations. Colin Stuart, the Ottawa staff person for Canadian Friends Service Committee, will be the official representative of Canadian Friends Service Committee at the conference.

Events open to the public include:

Preparations for the Canadian Quaker International Affairs Seminar

In 1998, there will be a special Quaker International Affairs Seminar to consider the possibility of a permanent program in Ottawa to work on international affairs. Such a program could be similar to that of the Quaker United Nations Offices in New York and Geneva. An ad hoc committee with representatives from Ottawa Meeting, Thousand Islands Meeting (Kingston, Ont.) and Canadian Friends Service Committee has been meeting since June to plan this event. Colin Stuart will be writing the discussion paper for the seminar. Carl Stieren has written a pamphlet called "Crossing Borders: Canadian Friends and International Affairs, 1931-1997" for the Canadian Quaker Pamphlet series (distributed with the Jan/Feb 1998 issue of The Canadian Friend).


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