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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 Ramos-Horta.

Hines said Hume hopes to visit the university later this year, and plans for a possible fall lecture are being explored.