Tuesday, February 28, 2023

[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-Hee Lee (43): Chairman Lee at Balkan Peninsula, “World of Peace Without Wars, We Can Make It Happen”


[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-Hee Lee (43): Chairman Lee at Balkan Peninsula, “World of Peace Without Wars, We Can Make It Happen”

Chairman Lee delivers a message at the ‘25th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism' on December 8, 2015

Following Israel and Palestine, Chairman Lee's third destination on the 22nd Peace Tour was Albania.

Odeta Nishani, First Lady of Albania, has been an active participant in Chairman Lee's peace movement in her capacity as an advisor to International Women's Peace Group (IWPG, Chairwoman Hyun-sook Yoon) since attending the 1st Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit on September 18, 2015. Chairman Lee's visit to Albania was greatly influenced by First Lady Nishani. Chairman Lee and the peace delegation received 24-hour security and luxury hotel accommodation there thanks to special consideration of the presidential couple.

In Albania, Chairman Lee's first official event was the 'IWPG Women Leaders Seminar' held at Tirana International Hotel on December 7, 2015, where national female leaders from various fields of society gathered.

Giving a lecture, Chairman Lee said, “The women's group (IWPG) and youth group (IPYG) are running together as the wings of HWPL because their path and will are one and the same.” All 14 Albanian women leaders signed the Peace Agreement and were appointed as IWPG ambassadors.

Chairman Lee appoints President of Albania Bujar Nishani as an HWPL Peace Advisory Council member

President of Albania Bujar Nishani invited Chairman Lee to the ‘25th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism' conference.

After World War II, a socialist republic was established in Albania. The leadership ruled with an iron fist for 40 years and Albania was known to have been the most closed country during that period. Following the wave of democracy in Eastern Europe from 1989, Albania became a democratic country in 1992.

On December 8, 2015, Chairman Lee took centre stage upon special request as a peace activist at the ‘25th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism’ held at the Sheraton Hotel. Chairman Lee said, “Now is a truly beautiful and blessed time when God, the Creator of heaven and earth, reigns. If all religions unite in God, then a world of peace without war will become a reality. We can make this happen.” He added, “It seems that we've been entrusted with a great mission in every country at this poignant time in history, when heaven wants to give us a good world. So, I believe that if our global family comes together as one, a better world will become a reality.”

Chairman Lee was invited to the Presidential Palace later that day and held a separate private meeting with President Nishani. At the meeting, President Nishani agreed to support and cooperate for the enactment of an international law to end wars and to participate in all HWPL peace activities. In addition, President Nishani and the First Lady were commissioned as Peace Advisory Council members to HWPL, and agreed to work together until peace is achieved.

Justices of the Supreme Court of Kosovo are listening to Chairman Lee's remarks at a meeting held on December 10, 2015

The final destination of the 22nd Peace Tour was Kosovo, located in the interior of the Balkan Peninsula. Kosovo, which had been an autonomous province of Serbia, declared independence in 2008 and is waiting to be fully recognized as a sovereign and independent state by the international community. Kosovo, where indiscriminate slaughters took place, warmly welcomed the visit of the Messenger of Peace.

On December 10, 2015, Chairman Lee visited the Constitutional Court of Kosovo in Pristina, capital of Kosovo. Supreme Court Chief Justice Fejzullah Hasani invited Chairman Lee to a meeting of the Supreme Court that day. Above all, they were voluntarily promoting HWPL.

In particular, at the meeting, Justice Nesrin Lushta of the Supreme Court, who attended the 1st Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, prepared a large amount of material and testified about the peace activities of HWPL and IWPG. The Supreme Court Justices signed an agreement in support of the International Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts, and 13 Supreme Court Justices of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo were appointed as HWPL Advisory Council members on that day.

Chairman Lee appoints Naim Ternava, Grand Mufti of Kosovo, as an HWPL ambassador on December 10, 2015

Supreme Court Chief Justice Fejzullah Hasani said on that day, “It is a great honor to be invited to serve as advisory council members of HWPL because it is our duty to act as ambassadors of peace in order to appeal for an end to war, transcending ethnicity, race, religion and culture.”

Chairman Lee also visited the Islamic Community of Kosovo and had a meeting with Naim Ternava, Grand Mufti of Kosovo, and emphasized that religion is the fundamental way of achieving peace. Chairman Lee commissioned the Grand Mufti as an Advisory Council Member of HWPL.

Chairman Lee shakes hands with and greets President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga on December 11, 2015

On December 11, 2015, two days later, Chairman Lee held a lecture on peace at Pristina University, a meeting with President Atifete Jahjaga of Kosovo, and gave a special lecture at Kadri Zeka University. President Jahjaga is the first female head of state and the youngest elected president in the Balkans.

In a private discussion with Chairman Lee that lasted about 30 minutes, President Jahjaga pledged to support and cooperate for the creation of the HWPL Peace Park, the establishment of a peace monument, and the enactment of an international law for the cessation of war. The University of Pristina, which became an ‘HWPL Peace Academy', decided to become a peace delegation institution by participating in HWPL’s peace work and peace movement education. Pristina University awarded Chairman Lee a plaque of appreciation, and HWPL appointed the president and professors as Publicity Ambassadors.

Former Prime Minister of Kosovo Bajram Kosumi, who was elected Rector of Kadri Zeka University, even came to the school gates to greet Chairman Lee together with students, who were waiting in eager anticipation of Chairman Lee's upcoming peace lecture. The lecture theater was filled with no spaces left, and there were not enough interpreters. Kadri Zeka University presented Chairman Lee with a plaque of appreciation for his achievements, and Chairman Lee appointed former Prime Minister Kosumi and university professors as HWPL Advisors and Publicity Ambassadors.

Chairman Lee gives a special lecture at Pristina University in Kosovo on December 11, 2015


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