Dr. Afsar Rathor started by expressing his appreciation for the professionalism he has seen in UPF and the way they have organized all these conferences, which are building bridges among groups. He explained that it was an amazing experience for him to take a tour of the Balkan nations with UPF during the Balkans Peace Road 2019 and to meet people who were advocating for forgiveness.
He came from a family that has also seen atrocities, in which they had three sayings:
- Start a new chapter
Mother Moon said this is a blessed country. What is the way forward into the future?
Referring to Dr. Fasslabend’s speech, he mentioned tourism. In 2018, the people of the world spent $3.6 trillion on tourism. Dr. Rathor also lives in Austria, which has a lot of tourism.
He also mentioned the trade war between the US and China and explained that investors are looking for investments around the world. Albania could be successful in producing Halal food and seafood.
Mother Moon hinted at future opportunities for the Balkans. Nelson Mandela did not fear forgiveness for the sake of peace.
Hon. Kimmo Sasi from Finland expressed that we have arrived at the right moment in Albania. The European Union made a mistake by not opening negotiations on the membership of North Macedonia and Albania.
The president of Finland once said, “If you have disintegration, you need integration”. Every European country has had to meet certain conditions to join the EU.
To get together here with ruling leaders has been very important.
What a human being desires is cooperation and trust in one’s own family. When you have learned to act properly in your own family, you can do so in the larger society.
Ms. Teuta Avdyli, an Albanian lady living in London, expressed that she was very moved that Mother Moon chose Albania out of all the countries in Europe.
“It doesn’t matter if a nation is poor or rich”, she said, “we all need God. As Mother Moon said today, only with God can we become a great nation. This confirmed my feeling that Mother Moon is the Daughter of God”.
When she met the organization in London, she felt that she belonged to UPF. She was the victim of a lorry (truck) accident, in which a lorry drove over her legs three times.
No one is like anyone else. Each one of us is a masterpiece.
She thanked thank UPF for its hard work and dedication in putting together this amazing event.
We are about human love. We live to make others happy. We should keep smiling, live intentionally and practice what Mother Moon said, that is to be humble before God; put God first, and put ourselves second.
Senator Roberto Rampi expressed that he really feels we are a family. He explained that this was his ninth time “going around the world” with UPF and every time he meets special people who give him something special for his life, his work. We are all really part of a family in all the world.
Mr. Jacques Marion, president of UPF Europe and the Middle East, started out by thanking all those who came to the Southeast Europe Peace Summit. In addition, he singled out the following persons:
- President Moisiu: Some leaders told us that the reason they chose to work with us is because they respect President Moisiu. Without him, we could not have access to all these leaders.
- The Podgorica Club. The founder could not attend this summit because he had just had surgery, but he asked all the other members of the club to attend our summit.
- Mr. Gani Rroshi – The Secretary General of UPF Albania.
- Hon. Gaqo Apostoli, the Chairman of UPF Albania: Through his connections a lot of people came, including many speakers.
He said he was very happy to hear Mother Moon speak about the Balkan Peninsula. The Balkans have something that Europe should learn about, a tradition that Europe can learn from. “This is a very important place and there is a lot of potential here”, he said.