Protests planned ahead of US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit

He is to be awarded the Tipperary International Peace Prize on Sunday

Protests planned ahead of US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit

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Five peace groups are opposing the awarding of the Tipperary International Peace Prize to US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Galway Alliance Against War, the Irish Anti-War Movement, the Peace and Neutrality Alliance, Shannonwatch and Veterans for Peace also intend to hold protests at Shannon Airport and at Aherlow House Hotel in Tipperary
where the award ceremony will take place.

Speaking on behalf of the five organisations, Edward Horgan of Veterans for Peace questioned what peace Mr Kerry had achieved.

“The award of peace prizes should be based on truth, integrity and justification” continued Dr Horgan. “Unfortunately, this is not always the case."

“John Kerry and the United States of America claim to be defending the civilised world against Islamic terrorists and dictators” said Jim Roche ofthe Irish Anti War Movement. ”Yet the reality is that the United States has killed many multiples of the numbers killed by Islamic terrorists in its so-called War on Terror."

Speaking to CNN's David Axelrod, Mr Kerry refused to rule out the possibility that the Obama administration would unilaterally release its own framework for peace in Israel and Palestine before leaving office.

He also cited Israel's continued construction of West Bank settlements as corrosive to the prospects of Middle East peace.

"I'm not going to get into intent, but the fact is that it is a problem and it runs contrary to American policy under Republican and Democratic presidents," he said.