Stanislau Shushkevich und Lech Walesa

"Dove of Peace" to arrive in Mogilev from Tula

19.02.2009 13:29

MOGILEV, February 19 (BelTA) Mogilev will become the next town on the "Dove of Peace" route. It will arrive in the oblast centre from Tula (the Russian Federation) on March 4, BelTA learnt from the ideology department of the Mogilev town council.

A live-size golden dove carrying an olive branch was sculptured by German artist Richard Hillinger in late 2008 for the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights adopted that the third session of the UN General Assembly. The artist made thirty statuettes standing for one of the 30 articles of the Human Rights Declaration. In 2009, all of these thirty doves, which each as a symbol of peace, are "flying" through the whole of the world from person to person, from institute to institute.

The "Dove of Peace" will not land in Mogilev by chance. In November 2008, Tula and Mogilev marked the 10th anniversary since they signed an agreement on establishing twin-town relations and a cooperation agreement. The two regions have been cooperating in numerous areas including business and humanitarian issues, science and technology, culture, sports. Tula received the statuette from its German friends to mark the 15th anniversary of establishing twin-town relations with Villingen-Schwenningen.

The statuette will be accompanied with a letter of Rupert Kubon, member of Mayors for Peace association and a route diary for memorable photographs and wishes.

After four days in Mogilev, the "Dove of Peace" will head for one of the twin-towns of the oblast centre.