Honours and awards: The International States Parliament for Safety and Peace

The International States Parliament for Safety and Peace (ISPSP) was founded in December 15, 1975 by a letter of the Constitution of the International Legislative Assembly. It was juridically recognized by the International Law and the first nations to recognize it were the United States and Italy. It was a parallel organization to the United Nations and, like the United Nations, had representative ambassadors from all nations. The headquarters of the ISPSP was in Italy. The Lord President of the Parliament was the late Archbishop Viktor Busa, President of the Council of the States. In 2005, he received the Grand Cross of the Order of Independence of Equatorial Guinea and also the Decoration of Diplomatic and Humanistic Merit “Mahatma Gandhi”. Msgr. Viktor Busa was in 2007 appointed as Vice President of the Council of State Security and of the Committee of World Culture and Sports (DUMA), as well as Expert Counselor in Problems of National Security of Russia.

Msgr. Viktor Busa was an activist devoted to the cause of peace, defense of life, and human rights. He was engaged in the struggle for these causes for almost 30 years, without a break, since the creation of the ISPSP. His visionary dream for peace in the world and respect for human beings makes his life really remarkable. Two years after the creation of the ISPSP, his partner and co-founder of the ISPSP and its first General Secretary, Archbishop Makarios III (President of Cyprus), died. Msgr. Viktor Busa went ahead alone, as the chair of the ISPSP, until Dr. Spyros Kyprianou (then new President of the Republic of Cyprus) was elected Vice President International of ISPSP. Working together with his new partner, he created the Assembly of the Parliament, and in 1987, signed a convention with President Rodrigo Carazo, at the University of Peace of the United Nations, in Costa Rica.

After looking for the concurrence of all of the nations in the world, through their representative governments, the Parliament counted some 400 senators, 800 deputies, ambassadors and ministers, who contributed, like their President and General Secretary, with their volunteer work, to the cause of peace.

The work of the delegates and ministers of the ISPSP towards peace and enforcement of the respect for life and human rights included rendering help and support to all of the people of the world, observing the right of safety and peace in all aspects: moral, political, diplomatic, cultural, religious, economic and social. This was provided free of charge to the governments. ISPSP organized commissions to send to the country in need, with the participation of volunteer ministers and parliamentary diplomats, who travelled and worked free of charge in order to resolve conflicts and help to re-establish security and peace. Following the re-establishment of safety and peace, the ISPSP presented, as an incentive, Peace Trophies to the head of the places or countries where the commission worked.

Some recipients  of the ISPSP Peace Trophy
1989 – Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the USSR
1990 – Mobuto Sese Seko, President of Zaire
1995 – Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa
1995 – Carlos Menem, President of Argentina
2002 – Lansana Conté, President of Guinea
2004 – Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea
2004 – Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela
2006 – Omar Bongo Omdimba, President of Gabon

The work of the agents of the ISPSP paid off with good results in many places. Once a year, there was a congress of the ISPSP, where Delegates presented their reports. Victorious interventions were worked out and reported from the Diplomatic Crisis between Turkey and Cyprus; the crisis between Somalia and. Ethiopia; between Iran and Iraq, Ecuador and Peru, and the conflict in Uganda. The ISPSP also made a contribution of diplomatic intervention in wars of several countries and places, as in the Middle East, in the civil war in Sri Lanka, in the countries of the former Yugoslavia, in Rwanda, Congo, Angola and Mozambique. Diplomats from the ISPSP worked in South Africa, Moldavia, Russia and Chechenya. In support of the United Nations, Msgr. Busa and the ISPSP participated in the Conferences of Addis Ababa and Vienna.

As observers, the ISPSP sent diplomats to the general elections in Congo. The democratization of the Republic of Congo started in 1990. In this process, Archbishop Viktor Busa cooperated with the Congolese government in order to give the people assurance of security and to admit the need for immediate peace. ISPSP organized a local sub-division with several Congolese members of different categories, notable jurists, high functionaries, ministries, etc. to negociate peace with aggressors from the borders of DRC. When the aggression intensified, Archbishop Busa himself organized a series of international conferences, in order to gather international support. This contributed to the acceleration of the United Nations’ resolution in sending in the “Blue Berets” and in assisting in the reconstruction of the nation. There are evidences of recognition of the authorities of several countries, who send to Msgr. Busa their letters, memoranda, and other tokens of their gratitude for the Parliament services.

In 1985, Archbishop Viktor Busa personally got involved with the creation of the World Organization of the Indigenous and Aborigines Peoples. Several ministers of the ISPSP worked at the front of the Andean Movement for re-culture of the Inca countries. The movement started in Arequipa, Peru and in Cusco, where several ISPSP volunteer diplomats worked directly with the Inca natives in order to achieve a new interpretation of the past history of Peru, including the Inca past on it. It was a wonderful movement with the creation of schools, workshops, festivals, etc.

In December 2004, the representative of the ISPSP in Chennai, state of Tamil Nadu in India, activated a force of 400 volunteers to assist the “Tsunami” victims. All of the ISPSP representatives all over the world contributed financially to help the people who suffered because of the underwater earthquake in South Asia.

(The information above is adapted from an article by former ISPSP Senator Teresinka Pereira)

Several nations gave official diplomatic recognition to the ISPSP and its representatives, who were issued with diplomatic passports.

Some of the governmental recognitions of the ISPSP:
>>Colombia
>>Ecuador
>>Gabon
>>The Gambia
>>Guinea
>>Niger
>>São Tome e Principe
>>Somalia
>>Venezuela
>>Zimbabwe

Archbishop Viktor Busa was the Patriarch of Byelorussia in the American World Patriarchs, in communion with the Apostolic Episcopal Church, and episcopally consecrated my adoptive father, Prince Kermit of Miensk. After his death, several of his clergy, who were mostly based in Brazil, joined the Byelorussian Patriarchate of St Andrew the First-Called Apostle which I inherited from Prince Kermit.

Archbishop Busa received many honours and was granted various noble prerogatives. The full explanation of these sometimes complex authorities is outside the scope of this article, though it would provide a fascinating study in its own right. Some sources incorrectly state that the ISPSP was responsible for granting titles of nobility. Archbishop Busa granted some titles of nobility in exercise of his prerogatives, but these were done in his personal capacity as a fons honorum, not by the ISPSP. Likewise, some sources claim that the offices and passports of the ISPSP were available for money. During my decade-long involvement with the ISPSP, I was never asked for any donation or payment of money for anything. I did, however, quickly become aware that fraudsters had produced imitations of the ISPSP’s passports, official documents and website, and were profiting from these.

In 2003, I was appointed as a Deputy Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the ISPSP for Great Britain.

The ISPSP had a significant interest in the support of educational projects, and showed itself willing to support non-traditional education. In 2008, it issued a Parliamentary Charter and Decree  of Accreditation and Recognition to European-American University (Dominica) which was under my presidency.

My ISPSP passport issued in January 2010

In May 2010, I was promoted within ISPSP to the position of Vice Minister Political Undersecretary of the Department for Problems of Ethnicity, Race and Religion.

During this period, I worked closely with a friend who was a senior official in the ISPSP and we discussed the steps necessary to put the Parliament on a stronger footing, to realise the immense unrealized potential that it had, and to address some of the problems and criticisms it had faced. In our analysis, the major issue was not Archbishop Busa himself, who was a somewhat unworldly man utterly dedicated to the ISPSP, but rather that some of those who had attached themselves to the ISPSP and to Archbishop Busa had not had the best interests of the Parliament at heart. There were problems with fraudsters, damaging internal conflicts, and even a fake country that had managed to work its way in. Our work was therefore to clean things up. In this mission, we made progress, but we also made enemies.

I had advised the ISPSP regarding the withdrawal of its accreditation from several “educational” institutions that in my view did not meet an acceptable standard, and to form a proper committee for the exercise of its educational functions with published standards. My advice had been well received by Archbishop Busa and was being acted upon. This did not make me popular in certain quarters and the operators of the institutions in question were not slow to exert their influence on Archbishop Busa in an attempt to get rid of me.

There was also increasing factionalism as some Italian members of ISPSP came to see non-Italians as hostile parties and to oppose their involvement in ISPSP affairs. Amid all of this, Archbishop Busa was growing older and more frail. The Italians intended to control the succession and were determined to oust any rivals.

In November 2010, I received several communications, purporting to act in the name of the Parliament, that were couched in insulting and threatening terms. My letter to Archbishop Busa protesting at this treatment included the following passage:

For several years now I have worked together with Ambassador H.E. Dr ——– ——— to seek to address the issue of the International Parliament accrediting unsuitable organisations, and the negative publicity that has resulted from those associations. I have investigated these matters and provided advice which I understand Dr. —- has passed to you and you have then acted upon. Without my advice the Parliament would still have been accrediting the degree mill Weston Reserve University, the International University of Fundamental Studies with its expired government license, and several other “institutions” which are little more than diploma mills operating on the edges of the law and which have seriously damaged the reputation of the Parliament…

I believe we are entitled to expect courtesy and respect in the light of my expertise which has been placed freely at your service, not the defamatory accusations and threats made by Signor ——–.

I believe that the present developments risk serious and potentially devastating consequences for the International Parliament. We cannot stand by while Signor ——- threatens us and seeks to harm those who have been unquestioning supporters of the International Parliament, not to mention our students, graduates and faculty. It is further obvious both from Signor ———’s refusal to respond to my request that he provide proof of his authority, and his communications with Dr. —— that we have seen and enclose, that he is not prepared to commit to a co-operative working relationship with his Parliamentary colleagues, and intends to destroy the progress we have made in the past years.

In protest at the situation, I withdrew European-American University from all connection with the ISPSP and resigned from all the offices I held personally. The response that I received from Archbishop Busa on 19 November was confused and contradictory; it at once gave support to my opponents, but also stated that Supreme Council of the Presidency had refused to accept my resignations.

Archbishop Busa died in 2013 and the ISPSP did not survive him. The immediate aftermath became mired in legal conflict, with the succession to Archbishop Busa being impossible to determine. For my part, whatever claims may be made, I do not recognize any organization as being the legitimate continuation of the ISPSP today.

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