International Parliament for Safety and Peace
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The International Parliament for Safety and Peace (IPSP), also known as International States Parliament, is an international organization based in Palermo, Sicily, Italy with a moderate activity profile in the pursuit of safety and peace, next to an active profile in the distribution of honors to people and organizations. The organization was founded on 15 December 1975 by the Cypriot archbishop Makarios III to address the increasingly uncertain situation in Cyprus then. Later on the IPSP opened up to the quest for peace everywhere in the world, especially in the Americas and Africa. [cn] Viktor BusÃ¡ is its current president.
The International Parliament consists of two chambers: The High Chamber with 400 Senators and the Deputies Assembly with 800 Deputies. Senators and Deputies are elected every five years by the supreme Council of Presidents . They may be confirmed for consecutive terms future elections. Every two years the International Parliament organizes the Safety and Peace Conference in the Mediterranean, attended by diplomats and politicians from all over the world. During the conference opening, the President awards the Peace Trophy to the heads of State who distinguished themselves with their peace efforts (see e.g.  and  ) . The Peace Trophy as much as positions like Vice-President are given to Presidents of Sovereign States in order to involve them into Peace efforts and to oblige them merely by social means to serve Safety and Peace and to be moderate in their political decisions.
The organization has recognized several private unaccredited institutions of higher education, often referred to as diploma mills by their critics and competitors. Among the institutions claiming accreditation or other recognition from IPSP are Akamai University, Rutherford University, and Weston Reserve University. BusÃ¡ is listed with a PhD degree as a special advisor to Rutherford University MÃ©xico. The IPSP has introduced cooperation agreements with governmentally accredited universities such as the United Nations Peace University in Costa Rica  and the Cambodian Mekong University.
The organization prides itself in a long list of dignitaries in senator, deputy, and executive positions in global, regional or local chapters. The Dallas Morning News has referred to such a position as bodacious credentials. The IPSP, however, further hands out medals for arts (see ) and as mentioned before an annual trophy for the pursuit of peace. The Peace Trophy has been bestowed upon presidents and former presidents world-wide like e.g. Dr. Carlos Saul Menem , then President of the Republic of Argentina , Lansana ContÃ©, President of the Republic of Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo , President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and Hugo Chavez Frias, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The following business and political figures have been associated with the school, either as senators or other officers:
- Viktor BusÃ¡, co-founder and President
- (+) Makarios III, co-founder
- Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 1 st. International Vice president (see 
- Hugo ChÃ¡vez, 2 nd. International Vice President
- Lansana ContÃ©, Secretary General of the International Parliament for Safety and Peace (see )
- (+) JoaquÃn Balaguer, former Second Secretary
- Omar Bongo, Grand Chancellor (see  and )
- Giuseppe Farruggia, Minister of Department of Science and Technology ,
- Eugenio Caligiuri,Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Ambassador
- Luis Castiglioni, General Secretary of the Supreme Council, Senator for Life
- Lucio GutiÃ©rrez, former Vice-President (2002-2005) ( see  )
- SÃ©rgio Cabral Filho, senator ( see  )
- (+) Spyros Kyprianou, former Secretary General
- Leandro Mbomio Nsue, Ambassador at-Large, President of Cicte, Science and Technology Council of Equatorial Guinea and Unesco Peace Ambassador.
- Manuel Pinto da Costa, senator & head of the department for foreign affairs (see  )
- Vongsak Swasdipanich, senator (since 2008) (see )
- Hun Sen, Senator for Life (see  and  )
- (+) Mircea Snegur, former senator and member of the supreme council (since 1996)
- K. J. Yesudas, senator ( see  )
- Mohan Babu, deputy (see )
- (+) Desmond Hoyte, former senator and member of the supreme council (see )
- Juan Carlos Wasmosy, former Secretary General
- LuÃs Cabral, Deputy Secretary General
- Gyorgy Suha, Ambassador-at-Large for Africa,Ambassador of the Gambia to International Organizations Vienna
- Jackson E. Doe, Deputy Secretary General
- Osman Dufle, Deputy Secretary General
- RosalÃa Arteaga, Ministerial Diplomatic Counsellor
- MÃ¡rio Soares, Deputy Secretary General
- (+) Luis Adolfo Siles Salinas, former Deputy Secretary
- Norodom Sihamoni, supporter (see )
- Antero Flores ArÃ¡oz, Ambassador to the Americas
- Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al-Qassimi, Royal Protector (see )
- Leonid Kravchuk, Deputy Secretary
- Charles Kenzie Steele, Jr., Senator & Advisor to the Department of American Affairs (see  )
- Ada Aharoni, Deputy & Diplomatic Counsellor (see  and 
Dr. Eduardo Cuneo de Osorio, Ambassador of American Latin Dr. Miguel Angel Serralta, Deputy & Diplomatic Counsellor
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