Adviser to the PLO to speak at UK

Contact: Carl Nathe

 

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“The Patterson School has in the past hosted speakers representing the Israeli perspective on the conflict such as Likud activist Yossi Olmert and Israeli Counsel General Giora Becher. We are pleased this year to have Ms. Buttu offer the Palestinian perspective on how to resolve this long-festering conflict.”

-- Michael Desch,
director,
Patterson School

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2004) -- Diana Buttu, a legal adviser with the Negotiations Support Unit of the Negotiations Affairs Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, Center Theatre in the University of Kentucky Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce is bringing Buttu to UK to speak about “The Case for a Single State Solution to the Israeli Palestinian Conflict.” Since October 2000, Buttu has advised the Palestinian team in peace negotiations with Israel on the issues of refugees and compensation.

Before her work with the PLO, Buttu served as legal counsel to the Canadian Department of Justice in Ottawa. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in Law and Refugee Compensation at Stanford Law School. She is a member of the Ontario Bar and is an editor of the Palestine Yearbook of International Law.

Buttu received her bachelor and master of law degrees from the University of Toronto, a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University in Ontario, and a Master of the Science of Law degree from Stanford University.

“The Patterson School has in the past hosted speakers representing the Israeli perspective on the conflict such as Likud activist Yossi Olmert and Israeli Counsel General Giora Becher,” said Patterson School director Michael Desch. “We are pleased this year to have Ms. Buttu offer the Palestinian perspective on how to resolve this long-festering conflict.”

Buttu’s talk is being co-sponsored by Louisville Ad Hoc for Interfaith Dialogue, the Kentucky Chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and St. Michael’s Orthodox Church.

If you would like more information about this event, contact the Patterson School at (859) 257-4666.


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