21 April 2016
From 17-21 April 2016, WVF President, Mr. Dan-Viggo Bergtun, attended the 26th General Assembly of the Arab Veterans Union (AVU) held at the Landmark Hotel in Amman, Jordan.
Representatives from 24 countries came together to discuss plans to enhance peace and stability in the Arab world. President Bergtun was a keynote speaker at the event, which was hosted by WVF Member Association, The Jordanian Economic and Social Association of Retired Servicemen and Veterans. The meeting also included trips to the Dead Sea, the Zaatari refugee camp, and the Jordan-Syria border, highlighting Jordan’s unique geopolitical landscape.
Delegates elected Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Magraby (Egypt) as the new President of the AVU. Maj. Gen. Magraby was also present at the 28th General Assembly of the World Veterans Federation held in September 2015 in Sopot, Poland, where he delivered a speech to the Assembly. We would like to congratulate Maj. Gen. Magraby, as well as the ensemble of the AVU, on this appointment, and wish him luck in this prestigious post.
Photo: AVU President, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Magraby, with WVF President, Mr. Dan-Viggo Bergtun.
13 April 2016
On 8th April 2016, the WVF Secretary General, Lt. Col. (Ret) Joseph Falzon, visited two of our Member Associations in Nicosia, Cyprus.
The Secretary General first met The Cyprus Veterans Association World War II (CVA WWII), a member of the WVF since 1990. The CVA WWII was a very active Member Association of the WVF, attending most meetings until the 22nd Meeting of the SCEA in Kiev (2011), and even hosted the 16th and 18th Meetings of the SCEA (1996 and 2002 respectively). Recently, the advancing ages of the Association’s members has made it difficult to send a delegation to WVF Events. Despite this, the CVA WWII is still active on the home front, observing Annual Remembrance Commemorations on 8 May for the End of World War II, 21 September for UN Peace Day and 11 November for Armistice Day. The Secretary General had an extremely informative meeting with the Association's Secretary General, Treasurer General, the Chairman of the Nicosia Branch and their full-time Secretary.
After lunch hosted by the CVA WWII, Lt. Col. Falzon made his way to meet one of the WVF’s more
recent Associations, The Retired Officers Association of Northern Cyprus (KKTC ESUD), whose membership was ratified by the 28th General Assembly of the WVF, Sopot (Poland), in September 2015.
There was also an opportunity to formally meet Colonel Halil Sadrazam, the Security Advisor to the President, who is also a long serving member of the KKTC ESUD. The KKTC ESUD President spoke to Lt. Col. Falzon about their desire to become a strong Member of the WVF, and their plans to send delegations to International WVF Events now that their Membership has been ratified. The Secretary General was then introduced to the President of The Retired Non-Commissioned Officers Association, who stated his intention to apply for Membership of the WVF, a notion which was welcomed enthusiastically by the Secretary General.
Following this meeting, Lt. Col. Falzon visited the Club and Offices of The Retired Non-Commissioned Officers Association which offered impressive facilities for its spirited members.
The last meeting of the day was with Dr. Erhan Ercin, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lt. Col. Falzon told the Undersecretary that it was an honour and a privilege to meet him at the end of such a productive day spent in Nicosia. The Secretary General was, above all, very impressed by Dr. Ercin’s unequivocal support of the two Associations in Northern Cyprus.
In conclusion, the Secretary General enjoyed an informative visit to Cyprus, meeting two Member Associations of a different nature, who both stated their continued support for the WVF’s future projects and activities.
Top Photo (from left to right): Mr. Christodoulides, Lt. Col. Falzon, Mr. Hadjiossif and Mr. Kouzoupis
Bottom photo: The Secretary General flanked by the Board of Directors of the Ret. Officers and the Ret. Non-Commissioned Officers Associations of Northern Cyprus
5 February 2016
From 21-23 January 2016, the WVF’s President, Mr. Dan-Viggo Bergtun visited the Head of the WVF Peace and Security Division, and SCEA Chairman, Gen. Stanislaw Wozniak in Warsaw, Poland. The WVF has four Member Associations in Poland, and also held the 28th General Assembly of the WVF in Sopot, Poland, in September last year. This trip was an important opportunity for Mr. Bergtun to study the workings of the WVF’s Member Associations in the country, as well as to discuss the SCEA’s future operations under its new Chairman, Gen. Wozniak.
The visit started with a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument dedicated to all those who have given their lives for Poland. This was followed by a meeting at the office of the Association of Combattants of the Polish Republic and Former Political Prisoners together with the Presidents of all four WVF Member Associations. It was the first time such a meeting had been held and the associations each made short presentation detailing the work that they carry out.
Mr. Bergtun also had the chance to sit down with Minister Wojciech Kolarski from the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland. They discussed the prospect of future support for the WVF, a proposition to which the Minister responded positively. Minister Kolarski said that he would relay the discussion to the President of Poland.
The next day, Mr. Bergtun joined Gen. Wozniak in a visit to The Centre for Foreign Mission Veterans, which opened in December 2014, where Mr. Bergtun was awarded the Pro Patria Medal, an award given to those who have made outstanding contributions in perpetuating the memory of the people and deeds in the struggle for Polish independence during World War II.
Mr. Bergtun and Gen. Wozniak then spent the rest of the visit discussing the actions to take for the advancement of the WVF SCEA and the Peace and Security Division, both of which Gen. Wozniak chairs.
We would like to thank those at the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression for hosting this visit, with special thanks to Gen. Stanislaw Wozniak.