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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 Albanian Peace Council, a structure of UPF-Albania and Kosovo, organized a conference on June 14, 2014, at the Academy of Science in Tirana on “The Cultural and Historical Legacy of the Chami Ethnic Group and Perspectives on a Peaceful Resolution.”

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Presheva, Serbia - Members of the Albanian Peace Council visited Serbia April 26-27, 2014, to organize a peace council in the city of Presheva, the cultural center of Albanians living in South Serbia.

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Tirana, Albania - In iits biennial meeting on Dec. 21, 2013, UPF-Albania’s Presiding Council approved 21 decisions, including the General Plan of Activities and the budget for 2013-2015.

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Prizren, Kosovo - After listening to reports from local peace council meetings throughout Albania, UPF-Albania's National Peace Council elected new new leaders at its Nov. 16 and 17 assembly in Prizren, a historic city in the neighboring Republic of Kosovo.

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Skopje, Macedonia - Taking advantage of the presence of UPF International President, Dr. Thomas Walsh, and UPF-Europe Secretary General, Mr. Mark Brann, for the Third International Conference: Dialogue among Religions and Civilizations (organized by the Ministry of Culture and UNESCO), UPF-Macedonia and FON University organized a conference on May 10, 2013 to introduce UPF to professors and students.

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Pristina, Kosovo - More than 100 people attended the opening of a conference on "A Comprehensive Vision of Peace, Security and Development,” in Pristina on April 20, 2013.

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Pristina, Kosovo - A conference in the government offices of Pristina May 28 and 29, 2012, explored how Kosovans and the international community can best support peaceful and effective state-building.

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Tirana, Albania - In the context of the Balkan nations pursuing stability and improved relations with Europe, leaders from ten nations met in Tirana April 28 and 29, 2012, to discuss "The Role and Importance of the Albanian People for Lasting Peace and Security in the Balkans."

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Pristina, Kosovo - Kosovo's Deputy Prime Minister opened the March 18, 2011 inaugural meeting of the Kosovo Peace Council by expressing appreciation for UPF’s efforts to encourage reconciliation and respect for minorities in Kosovo.

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Tirana, Albania - On scenic Ohrid Lake, key Albanian Ambassadors for Peace and their spouses took part in a seminar that deepened their understanding of peace principles and strengthened their vision of building one family under God.

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Brezovica, Croatia - Nine young people from Bosnia and Croatia attended a five-day peace seminar from June 27 to July 2, modeled on the European Leadership Conference series sponsored by UPF-Europe. For the young people, we created a more diverse program that included mountain climbing, service activities, and sports.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Participants in an International Leadership Conference in Sarajevo considered the task of reconciliation and the principles of peacemaking.

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