(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss, Delegates Douglas, Doyle,

Trump, Faircloth, Manuel and Overington and all other members

of the House of Delegates)

Honoring the Middle East Peace Talks between Syria and Israel held in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in January of the year two thousand.

Whereas, The citizens of this State and their representative in the Legislature of the State are also citizens of the world who value peace among all peoples; and

Whereas, The town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, hosted and may in the future host representatives of the nations of Syria and Israel, the United States Department of State and the President of the United States, in the hopes that a lasting peace may be concluded in the Middle East; and

Whereas, The citizens, artists and merchants of Shepherdstown have spontaneously come together to support the peace process by providing hospitality and by displaying signs, arts and crafts; and

Whereas, It is the desire of the House of Delegates of the West Virginia Legislature to honor all those who contribute to peace in this world, including the visitors and citizens in Shepherdstown; therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Delegates:

That the House of Delegates honors all those who work toward peace in the world, especially the visitors to and residents of Shepherdstown, and join in with fervent prayer that this great work will resume and may be successfully concluded; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates is directed to send copies of this resolution to Ambassador Mary Mel French of the United States Department of State, Prime Minister Ehud Barak of Israel, Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara of Syria, Dr. David Dunlap, President of Shepherd College, Ken Lowe, owner of the Clarion Hotel and Vincent Parmesano, Mayor of Shepherdstown.