Press release - 471(2008)

Council of Europe youth camp to bring together Israelis and Palestinians, as well as Albanians and Serbs from Kosovo

Strasbourg, 24.06.2008 – Some forty young people from conflict areas, aged between 18 and 20, will meet at a youth camp organised by the Council of Europe from 30 June to 5 July at the Europa-Park leisure park (Rust/Freiburg, Germany) in order to discuss their differences and try to find new peaceful solutions to conflicts.

The aims of the meeting – which will involve Israelis and Palestinians from Jerusalem, and Albanians and Serbs from Kosovo (mainly Mitrovica and Pristina) – are to break down prejudices and stereotypes, to raise young people’s awareness of cultural and social differences and similarities, to encourage dialogue, and to enable participants to come up with their own projects.

The activity will be presented at a press conference on Tuesday 1 July at 10.30 am at Europa-Park (Hotel Santa Isabel, Biblioteca Magellan) by Ralf-René Weingartner, Director of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe and Roland Mack, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador for Families since April 2003, and Director of the leisure park.

Press contacts

Can Fişek, Council of Europe Press Division,
Tel. +33 88 41 30 41 ; Mob: +336 75 65 03 41 ;
Simone Mauder, Europa-Park, Tel. +49 7822 776489 ;

Council of Europe Press Division
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11