Vienna,  21 October 1983


During 1984 the following researches will be published:

Legal, Political and Economic Implications of the Malvinas Conflict. (provisional title), Studies in International Relations, vol. 8.

Arabism and Islam. Monograph by Elias Farah. Studies in International Relations, vol. 9.


The Executive Board has admitted new members from Ghana, Guyana, Upper Volta, United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, Jordan, Nigeria, the United States, India, Palestine, France, Yugoslavia, Qatar, the United Kingdom, Poland, Austria and Kuwait. The Board will consider further applications during its forthcoming session in December.


The President has awarded the honorary medal of theI.P.O. to Naeem Haddad, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Iraq; Hans R. Klecatsky, retired Minister of Justice of Austria; Auguste-Raynald Werner, Permanent Representative of the I.P.O. to the United Nations Organizations in Geneva.


General Edgardo Mercado Jarrin, former Primeminister of Peru and member of the Executive Board of the I.P.O., has delivered a lecture on the "Impact of the Malvinas Conflict on the Relations between Latin America and Europe"(Vienna, 4 May 1983).

On the occasion of his visit to Vienna, General Mercado Jarrin has met (among others) with the President of the Republic of Austria and with the Austrian Minister of Defense. He was accompanied by the President of the I.P.O.

Professor Dr. Elias Farah, Director of the Academy of the Arab Ba'th Socialist Party (Baghdad), has delivered a lecture on "Arabism and Islam" (Vienna, 29 June 1983).

On the occasion of his visit to Vienna, Professor Farah met (among others) with the Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Science and Research and with the Vice-President of the National Assembly of Austria. He was accompanied by the President of the I.P.O. and by the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Organizations in Vienna.

Professor Dr. Hans Koechler, President of the I.P.O., has delivered a
lecture on "The Principles of International Law and Human Rights" (Munich, 18 May 1983).

On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the delegate of the I.P.O. delivered a statement at a special meeting at the United Nations Office at Vienna (29 November 1983).


In December 1983 the I.P.O. organized a documentary exhibition on "Sabra and Shatila and the Question of Palestine" at Albert-Schweitzer-Haus in Vienna, Austria. The official opening took place on 6 December 1983 in the presence of Jean Genet (France), Minister of State Johanna Dohnal (Austria), and Leila Shahid Berrada (Palestine). Jean Genet read from his text Qattre heures Chatila.


From 6 to 13 September 1983, the President of the I.P.O. undertook a fact-finding mission to the Korean peninsula and visited the ceasefire demarcation line (along the 38th parallel) between North and South Korea in Panmunjom. He also met with Professors of Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang.


The delegates of the I.P.O. participated in a number of international conferences, such as: United Nations Conference on Succession of States in Respect of State Property, Archives and Debts (Vienna, 1 March - 8 April 1983); regular meeting of the Inter-Arab Parliamentary Union (Baghdad, May 1983); the World Assembly for Peace and Life, against Nuclear War (Prague, June 1983); the United Nations Conference on Palestine (Geneva, August 1983): the report of I.P.O. was presented at the Plenary Session and distributed as an official document; the General Conference of Unesco (Paris, October 1983); the international conference on "Development and Underdevelopment Today," organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the "Premio Iglesias" (Iglesias, Sardinia, November 1983).


As follow-up to the 1980-conference on the legal aspects of the Palestine problem, the I.P.O. will organize an international conference on "Sabra and Shatila - Violation of Human Rights by the Israeli Invasion Forces" (Vienna, 6-7 December 1983). Mr Ramsey Clark, former Attorney-General of the United States, will be President of the Conference. Professor Charlotte Teuber (Vienna) and Professor Auguste-Raynald Werner (Geneva) will be Vice-Presidents.

For October 1984, the I.P.O. is planning - in cooperation with Unesco - a research seminar on "The New International Information and Communication Order - Basis for Cultural Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence among Nations". The seminar will most probably be held in Cyprus.


Intensified cooperation is envisaged with the Institute of Diplomatic Relations (Brussels).

The President of the I.P.O. was appointed member of the Advisory Committee of the Indian Journal of Politics (New Delhi).