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Jun 8, 2012

Ghana Wins 2012 Africa Peace Award

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, (ACCORD) based in South Africa, has awarded Ghana the 2012 Africa Peace Prize.

The Presentation of the award will be done later in the year in South Africa.

A three member delegation including the founder and Executive Director Vasu Gounden was at the Castle, Osu to inform President John Evans Atta Mills of the award to the country.

President John Evans Atta Mills dedicated the award to the people of Ghana. He said credit must also go to Ghana’s first President Dr Kwame Nkrumah who laid the foundation for the country’s peace.

He stressed the need for Africans to ensure that there is peace at all times. This is because the absence of peace has negatively affected African people and prevented them from using their God-given talents to develop the continent.

He said the Peace Prize should therefore motivate Africans to search and maintain peace.

A Trustee of ACCORD, Ambassador Billy Modise said the centre was established 20 years ago to promote peace and reconciliation on the continent.

He said the award is not only conferred on countries but also on individuals and institutions that work to achieve peace.

Ambassador Billy Modise said so far 15 countries, entities and individuals have been awarded since ACCORD was established 20 years ago.

Source: Office of the President