Balkans Peace Initiative

Albania: Hope for the Future

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The Chairman of the National Peace Council of Albania and former prefect of Shkodra, Mr. Ali Lacej, described the Ambassadors for Peace initiative as the “hope of the future” in the strife-torn Balkan region.

The National Peace Council of Albania was inaugurated with 120 members on June 15, 2007 in the capital, Tirana. Regional Peace Councils had previously been established in the counties of Korça, Vlora and Shkodra.

Another member of the National Peace Council is the mayor of Tirana 1, Mrs. Lindita Nikolla, who reported that UPF principles helped her during the year and a half that she has been an Ambassador for Peace. Other council members include municipal officials, members of parliament, scholars, religious leaders, and military officers.

Working to rebuild their country after centuries of conflict, Albanian Ambassadors for Peace take a message of hope to people in other regions of conflict. Amb. Pellumb Xhufi, member of Parliament of Albania and former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, was touched by the people he met in Israel and the Palestinian Territories during a UPF-sponsored Middle East Peace Initiative trip.

“We won the war; now we have to win the peace,” he said, and he promised to continue promoting peace efforts in the Middle East.

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