During the weekend of November 20-21, important initiatives took place in the Balkans area. UPF Europe organized a number of events in Tirana including the Balkans Leadership Conference. The central part of the conference focused on the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Cooperation between UPF and the Podgorica Club composed of former Heads of State of the Western Balkan region. All participants of the international conference then attended the inauguration of the Peace Embassy in Tirana, completed after two years of work, with great dedication by all Albanian associates.
The ceremony was long overdue, delayed due to the Covid pandemic. The event on Sunday morning, at the International Hotel in Tirana, was attended by five former Heads of State and Government of the region: President Moisiu (Albania), President Vujanovic (Montenegro), President of the Podgorica Club, President Mesic (Croatia), President Ivanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Prime Minister Ceku (Kosovo).
The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed by Dr. Otsuka representing UPF Europe and Middle East, and President Vujanovic, representing the Podgorica Club. There were also peace ambassadors from Serbia, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania - in all about 140 participants. The event was reported by the main media in the region, both on TV and in the press. President Mesic himself wrote an article for the Croatian media.
All participants of the international conference then attended the inauguration of the Peace Embassy in Tirana, completed after two years of work, with great dedication by all Albanian associates. It was a very meaningful ceremony, which was attended by the Mayor of Tirana. In his speech he stated that this Peace Embassy is, more than other embassies, an "Embassy for Peace in the Balkans". The presence of these highly respected former Balkan Presidents, along with the Mayor of Tirana, UPF officials and Ambassadors for Peace, cutting the ribbon for the inauguration, was truly a testament to the foundation laid by UPF in Albania and the great expectation for our work in the Balkan region. UPF Austria’s president Peter Haider also attended.