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NEWS ADVISORY: MINE BAN CAMPAIGNERS IN "D.C." MARCH 5-11
Bob Edgar to Address News Conference; Brenda Girton-Mitchell to Lead Worship

Text of Bob Edgar's Statement as Prepared for Delivery

March 6, 2001, WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Landmine ban advocates from nearly 50 states and nearly 100 countries are joining together March 5-11, 2001 in Washington, D.C.

Among participants: the Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, National Council of Churches General Secretary and former six-term Congressman from Pennsylvania’s Seventh District. He will be among speakers at a March 8 news conference (10 a.m., Capitol Hill, East Front Lawn, Senate Side; Rain Location: Cannon House Office Building).

The NCC and its global service and witness ministry, Church World Service, are long-time and active participants in the campaign to ban landmines and support demining and mine education programs in several heavily mined countries. (See NCC News Release -- February 28, 2001, NEW YORK CITY – Landmine Eradication an Ongoing Church World Service Priority at /news/01news18.html.)

In addition to the news conference, the week’s events will include an interfaith prayer service (March 10, 2-3:30 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 "G" St. N.W.).  Brenda Girton-Mitchell, NCC/CWS Associate General Secretary for Public Witness and Washington Office Director, will lead.

Also on the week’s schedule: the International Campaign to Ban Landmines’ 2001 General Meeting; the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines’ Legislative Action Conference and more than 300 meetings with members of Congress; a giant shoe pile at the Capitol; a reception at the Organization of American States with Keynote Speaker Her Majesty, Queen Noor of Jordan, and a demonstration and handover of roughly half a million petition signatures across the street from the White House.

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) is holding its first meeting in the United States since the historic signing of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. The U.S. has not signed the treaty. Details of the week’s events available at http://www.banminesusa.org.

Contacts: Nathaniel A. Raymond; Tel: 617-413-6407 (cell); Email: nattyray@hotmail.com, and Barbara Ayotte, Tel: 617-549-0152 (cell); Email: bayotte@earthlink.net

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