Intervention of Hon. Lavdrim Krashi at the Balkans Leadership Conference

This is a transcribed summary of Hon. Lavdrim Krashi's intervention.

Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for the invitation. I want to tell you that it was suggested that I speak in English and, from my work experience, I know that orders must be followed! Today, I am wearing a coat of arms pin that symbolizes peace and I just want to convey a message of peace. Albania has its celebration of liberation and independence on November 28-29, so I decided to wear this pin to promote peace.

Mother Teresa, whom you all know, was born in Albania, in Skopje, more precisely, which today belongs to Northern Macedonia. She has always said that peace begins with a smile, it is enough, it is free, and it costs nothing to anyone. Peace begins with us, we must find peace within ourselves. Once we have done this, we need to broaden our perspective to a broader plan; peace in the family, peace between neighbors and between regions.

I spoke to an 84-year-old lady who asked me, “What can you do individually wherever you go to bring peace?” I am talking about true peace, peace in the heart and not as we imagine.

In life, my friends, it is more important how we say things than what we say. By saying things well, we can go a long way. I admit that we all have disagreements with each other, but the way we can resolve it is through cooperation.

We are obliged to work for peace also for the sake of future generations, to bring prosperity and lasting peace to our families, nations, and the world.

I am aware that my time is up. I am between two nations, Albania which is in my heart and the United Kingdom, the country where I worked.

I want to share with you some words of Winston Churchill who, in the midst of the world wars, said that, “If human beings want to achieve lasting peace, then they must behave respectfully towards each other.”

With this I would like to conclude my speech. Thank you!

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