Iceland Prez gets Jawaharlal Nehru Award for 2007

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New Delhi, Apr 8 (UNI) Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson has been conferred the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding for the year 2007.

The Jury, chaired by Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, decided to confer the award on Dr Grimsson, who is currently serving his third term as the President of Iceland, an External Affairs Ministry press release said here.

The award carries a prize money of 5 million rupees besides a trophy and citation.

Dr Grimsson has been closely associated with India and the leadership here since 1983 when he visited this country for the first time as a young parliamentarian.

The year 2008, thus, marks the silver jubilee of Dr Grimsson's personal association with India.

Dr Grimsson was Chairman and later International President of the International Association Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) in 1984-90 and sat on the Board since.

The PGA is an association of more than 1800 Parliamentarians in about 80 countries. The association organised the Six Nations Peace Initiative (1984-89), which included among others the late premiers Olaf Palme of Sweden and Rajiv Gandhi of India.

Mr Grimsson sat on the executive committee of this initiative and also accepted the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize on behalf of the association in 1987.

He was also the chairman of the organising committee of the ''Parliamentary Conference of the Council of Europe, North-South: Europe's Role 1982-84.'' The Conference created the basis for work on North-South relations and the foundation of the North-South Centre in Lisbon.

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