France: Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize awarded to Cardinal Etchegaray and Mustafa Ceric, the Grand Mufti of Bosnia

Source: FSSPX News


Announcing this choice, the president of the international jury, Henry Kissinger – former American Secrteary of State (1973-1976) and Nobel peace prize winner (1973) – said: “These two religious personalities have been chosen in recognition of their action in favor of interfaith dialogue, tolerance and peace. The jury believes reconciliation of religious views to be one of the great challenges of our age. This is a particularly important challenge for the country of Félix Houphouët-Boigny (1905-1993), the creator of the prize, where the reconciliation of Muslims and Christians is very important if bloodshed is to be avoided, but we have considered the importance of religious reconciliation for the whole of humanity.” The Executive Secretary of the Prize, Alioune Traore, explained that “by making this choice the Jury sent out a strong signal to the international community in favour of inter-faith dialogue, an essential fundament of peace and understanding among peoples and nations.”

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, joint recipient of the award with Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina, was president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace between 1984 and 1998. The award is endowed with the sum of €122,000. The date of its presentation has not yet been specified by UNESCO.

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny prize – created in 1991 and awarded every year through UNESCO – intends to honor persons in their lifetime, and public or private institutions that have made a significant contribution to the promotion, search, and preservation of peace, in keeping with the United Nations Charter and UNESCO’s Constitution.

The international jury – composed of jurists, former heads of State and laureates of the Nobel Peace Prize – awarded the prize in 1999 to the Sant’Egidio Community.