NEW YORK, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation has fully supported the International Peace Institute's launch in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain. Based in New York City and the US Virgin Islands, the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation has played a key role in supporting peace accords over the last decade. The foundation also established a fellowship fund at the Peace Institute to honor deceased Middle East diplomat Richard Hooper who was killed in the 2003 terrorist bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.
Closely connected to the United Nations, the International Peace Institute is a non-profit organization based in New York and Vienna and a crucial instigator of peace accords around the world. Leading the launch in Bahrain is the Institute's President, Terje Rod-Larsen, a prominent Mideast diplomat and UN under-secretary general. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sits as honorary chair.
Bahrain is a key country for the International Peace Institute, the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation explains. It is in the heart of the Middle East and since 2002, has adopted many promising constitutional laws such as religious freedom and women's right to vote and hold office.
The accord between Bahrain and the Institute was signed by Larson and Bahrain's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.
Skeptics of the accord, cite the Institute's undisclosed funds from the Bahrain government. According to the Institute's 2011 report, major donors also included Bahraini regional allies Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
However, Jeffrey Epstein notes, "we believe that the Institute will put Bahrain's reforms in the spotlight and provide an important geographical shift in where peace negotiations take place. Negotiations should come from within the Middle East, and not as just a European or Western initiative."
The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation was founded in 2000 by Jeffrey Epstein. In addition to supporting science research, the foundation actively supports peace accords and initiatives. Recent donations include, Save Darfur Coalition, Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, Friends of Israel Defense Forces, Philippe Costeau Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.