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Balkans Peace Initiative

When the former communist nation of Yugoslavia broke up in the early 1990s, few could have envisioned the scope of ethnic and religious conflict that would visit the region with such ferocity. Two decades later, there is general stability in the region; yet, tensions among some nations and ethnic groups remain high. Scroll down for reports.

Goal: Resolve historical conflicts among peoples and nations in the Balkans region, with particular focus on Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia.

Method: Consultations among political, social, and religious leaders in the region as well as from the wider European community to consider paths to peace in the Balkans.

Tirana, Albania - The Global Peace Tour in Albania on March 11-13 brought a message of peace to leaders of Albania and other Balkan nations, building on the dedicated peace efforts by Ambassadors for Peace in the region.

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Korça, Albania - A sculpture of 400 origami cranes symbolizing "Mankind as One Family and the World as One Home" was given to the mayor of Korça during the Global Peace Festival in Albania.

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Korça, Albania - Approximately 4,000 people joined a high-spirited peace march through the ancient Albanian city of Korça to mark the Global Peace Festival on October 18. Led by the Korça City Band and hundreds of Ambassadors for Peace, the throng of peace marchers headed for the main celebration in the Sports Hall.

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Tirana, Albania - Approximately 150 distinguished guests and Ambassadors for Peace from Albania and other Balkan nations participated in an International Leadership Conference on October 18 entitled “Toward Leadership and Good Governance for Lasting Peace and Development in Albania and Balkans.”

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Korca, Albania - The main highlight of the Global Peace Festival in Albania will be the Peace March in the city of Korca on October 18.

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Korca, Albania - There is great anticipation of the peace festival to be held October 18 in Korça, which is being organized by many political dignitaries and renowned citizens, as well as dozens of political, educational, and commercial organizations.

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Skopje, Macedonia - A seminar on "Education for Peace and Tolerance" took place September 26 and 27 at the First Private University Faculty of Social Studies in Skopje, Macedonia, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Dimitar Mircev, Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies and an Ambassador for Peace. Professors, student organizations, and members of a Youth Education Forum were invited to participate.

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The office of Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaci co-hosted with UPF-Europe an International Leadership Conference on May 31, 2008, on the topic Consolidating Peace in Kosovo and the Balkans.

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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.

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