Parque Johan Galtung in Spain
Alfaz, Spain, 15 June 2013
Between the mountains and the sea at the Mediterranean Costa Blanca, Alfaz is home to many nationalities. The Norwegians rank #3 after the native Spaniards and the English #2.
Today Alfaz Mayor Vicente Arques unveiled a monument by the famous Basque sculptor Agustin Ibarrola in memory of the victims of the atrocious Oslo and Utoya terrorist attacks in Norway on 22 July 2011. He cited Gandhi: “There is no road to peace; peace is the road.”
The monument is located in a park named in honor of a long time Alfaz resident, Prof. Johan Galtung, Norwegian by birth and known as ‘the father of peace studies’ for his peace work around the world and more recently in Nepal, East Asia, Qatar, Bangladesh, Syria, Turkey and the USA.
Galtung–like Ibarrola born in 1930– deeply moved with the distinction, thanked Alfaz for being a model of integration for peace. He condemned terrorism of all kinds-state and private-promising to continue his work for peaceful resolutions to conflicts and ‘peace by peaceful means,’ the motto of TRANSCEND International-A Network for Peace, Development and Environment, the NGO he founded in 1993.
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 17 Jun 2013.
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