Subject: IPS: East Timorese Wins New Norwegian Peace Prize
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 18:36:42 -0500
From: "John M. Miller" <>

Received from Joyo:

East Timorese Wins New Norwegian Peace Prize

OSLO, Mar 11 (IPS) - The first "Student's Peace Prize" established by the International Student Festival in the Norwegian city of Trondheim will be awarded Friday to Antonio Benedito da Silva of East Timor, it was announced here..

Da Silva, the 30-year-old leader of the East Timor Students' Solidarity Council (ETSSC) will accept the prize at a ceremony in Trondheim ''for his relentless and distinguished non-violent struggle against oppression, and for an independent and democratic East Timor,'' a statement said.

Da Silva had endured harsh treatment by Indonesian authorities who controlled East Timor and felt the ''terror of the regime through the tragic loss of family members and threats made against his own life.'' Nonetheless, he continues to work for reconciliation between East Timorese and Indonesians..."

The International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFIT) was first held in 1990 with 375 delegates from 45 nations followed by festivals in 1992, 1994 and 1997.

This year's festival, which began March 5 and ends March 14, has attracted 450 students from 100 different nations. Participants were selected from about 5,000 applications based on their motivation and knowledge of this year's topic "Solving Conflicts." (END/IPS/asb/mk/99)

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