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International Day of Peace: GFA calls on all for one-minute silence

Sep 21, 2010, 3:55 PM

The Gambia Football Association is urging the entire football fraternity in The Gambia to celebrate the International Day of Peace, a day of non-violence, by observing one-minute silence today.

This is in line with the Confederation of African Football call for its entire member National Associations to partake in celebrating the event by observing a minute’s silence across Africa at 10.00am today, staging football matches, which bring people together under a peaceful atmosphere.

The release said: "In 2010 Africa has made history by hosting the FIFA World Cup. On September 21st, 2010 declared as International Peace Day, Africans will be striving to make another kind of history too, as we unite for a day of non-violence across the length and width of our continent to demonstrate that peace is indeed possible."

The release further stated that the reason behind the observation of peace day was made following a declaration of 2010 as "The Year of Peace and Security" by Heads of State and Government to express their will and commitment to push forward the agenda of conflict prevention and peace-building initiatives in Africa.

Stakeholders and partners are also called upon to uphold peace-building initiatives in Africa, the release noted.