American diplomat and president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr Richard Nathan Haass is to receive the 2013 Tipperary International Peace Award.
Dr Haass has played a prominent and significant role in assisting the peace process in Northern Ireland. He succeeded Senator George Mitchell, also a previous recipient of the Tipperary Peace Award, as US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland from 2001-2003, and last year he returned to Northern Ireland, with Professor Meghan O’Sullivan, to chair all-party talks on flags, parades and the legacy of the Troubles.
The peace award will be presented to Dr Haass later this year in Tipperary.
Responding to the news Dr Haass said: “I am honoured to be selected. I view this award as a tribute to the many people across Northern Ireland who have done so much to promote genuine reconciliation there. I have been fortunate to meet and work with numerous people dedicated to Northern Ireland’s future, and am gratified to be recognised alongside such individuals as Bill Clinton, George Mitchell, Mary and Martin McAleese, Robin Eames, and others.