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Release: April 12, 1999
Hume cancels April 16 visit to UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Irish statesman John Hume, winner
of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize, has canceled his human rights lecture scheduled
for Friday, April 16 at the University of Iowa.
Hume, who was traveling in the United States this
month, was summoned back to Northern Ireland over the weekend to participate
in an urgent round of talks aimed at breaking a stalemate in implementing
the so-called "Good Friday Peace Agreement" reached last year between Catholics
and Protestants, according to UI College of Law Dean William N. Hines.
Hume had been scheduled to deliver the Richard S.
Levitt Distinguished Lecture 8 p.m. Friday as part of the university's yearlong
program marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights. This program has featured more than 25 lecturers
and other events, including appearances by former Nobel Peace Prize laureates
Elie Wiesel, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and José
Hines said Hume hopes to visit the university later
this year, and plans for a possible fall lecture are being explored.