Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Swept Up in the Winds of Peace in Albania

Swept Up 
in the Winds 
of Peace

Upon receiving an invitation from President Bujar Nishani of Albania, Chairman Man Hee Lee of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) made the long trip from South Korea to Albania.

December 8th at 10 a.m., (local time), the ‘25th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism’ was held in Tirana Sheraton Hotel, celebrating the revolution in Central and Eastern Europe that led to the fall of communism in 1990 which was stirred by a youth movement. Hosted by President Nishani, the anniversary, considered the biggest commemoration in Albania, was attended by over 80 leaders in various fields including, former and current political leaders from all over Europe such as President Atifete Jahjaga of Kosovo, Stjepan Mesić, former President of Croatia, and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. As a Korean War Veteran at the forefront of leading the unification of the two Koreas, Chairman ManHee Lee of HWPL, accompanied by Chairwoman of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), was invited to deliver a keynote speech.

Chairman ManHeeLee said “Korea is a country divided into North and South by political leaders. The North is yet far from being liberated from the Communist party. Dear citizens of Albania, let us become messengers of peace and leave a legacy of peace to future generations by ceasing all wars on this earth. Through urging the implementation of the International Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of Wars and International Armed Conflicts, let us make a peaceful world where we can also form a strong alliance of religions, moving the heart of individuals in search of peace amid struggles and persistent violence in the world.”

“The systematic process that led to communism’s fall in Albania is very similar to that of democratization in South Korea. The collective wishes for peace and freedom moved all of Albania to transform the government’s structural hurdles and we now see the free Albania of today.” said Chairwoman of the IWPG.

She continued in her speech, “With Chairman Lee of HWPL who has practical solutions to achieve world peace and the cessation of all wars, I have been traveling to unite the efforts of all 3.6 billion women on this planet to use their motherly love to make peace a reality, even on this 22nd world peace tour. Korea remains divided by different ideologies. As a representative of the NGO, Chairman Lee has restlessly pursued the peaceful unification of the two Koreas and proclaimed the Declaration of Unification and Declaration of World Peace. All female attendees present in this room, let us become one with the IWPG and establish peace together,” urging both youth and women to speak in one voice for peace.

The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism was broadcasted live through the Albanian regional broadcasting station, News 24. Chairman Lee and his peace delegation are scheduled to have an in-depth studio interview at the Balkan web broadcasting station on December 9th.

Prior to attending the commemorative event, chairman ManHeeLee of HWPL and chairwoman of IWPG met with prominent women leaders and women’s organization representatives at the ‘IWPG Women Leaders Seminar.’ All seminar attendees registered as IWPG members, pledging to enhance women’s peace activities in Albania.

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