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Mayor Not Budging On Call To Fire Nobel Summit’s Organizer

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
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The city of Atlanta and organizers of a Nobel Peace Prize summit have just a few more days to resolve a tense standoff, or else the summit will be moved to another city. That’s according to the international body that selects host cities.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says his staff is in discussions with event organizers but he remains adamant that the summit’s lead organizer, Mohammad Bhuiyan, must be fired due to mismanagement concerns.

“I’ve been real clear about what it’s going to take to resolve this,” said Reed. “The city of Atlanta is not going to be involved in any event that involves Dr. Bouyian.”

If that doesn’t happen, then Reed is willing to let the summit go to another city.

“I would be disappointed but what I know is the path that we were on would not have ended in a good result,” said Reed.

Bhuiyan did not respond to WABE’s request for comment.

The city was selected to host the summit in 2013. The event is to be held in the fall.