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Italian Peace Prizes to Be Awarded

July 1, 2002

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ROME (AP) _ The Bosnian film director of ``No Man’s Land,″ several proponents of Mideast peace, a Rwandan activist and an Italian journalist are this year’s winners of an Italian peace prize.

The Golden Dove of Peace Prizes are to be handed out at a ceremony Wednesday by Archivo Disarmo (Disarmament Archive), the Rome-based research center said in a statement. The group has sponsored the award since 1986.

Director Danis Tanovic won for his satire of the 1992-95 Bosnian war, which also won the Academy Award for best foreign film. The film is about enemy soldiers _ one Bosnian and one Serb _ trapped in a battlefield trench.

Italian Luisa Morgantini won for her involvement in the peace group Donne in Nero (Women in Black), along with Palestinian Suhad Amery and Israeli Terry Greenblat.

Yolande Mukagasana of Rwanda won for her efforts to engage in dialogue with victims and culprits of the 1994 genocide in the country that left more than 500,000 dead.

Italian correspondent Ugo Tramballi of Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper won for his reports from the Mideast.

Previous recipients of the Golden Dove of Peace Prize include former South African President Nelson Mandela, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and the human rights group Amnesty International.

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