President of the Republic of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi, participated today at the “Religion as an instrument of peace” conference organised by the President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta, in cooperation with US State Department in Tirana.
President Thaçi stated that Kosovo is an example on how religion helps in the building and strengthening of peace.
Counting Kosovo’s achievements in this field, President Thaçi mentioned as an initial achievement the fact that during the war in Kosovo it was not allowed for the religion to be implicated, and speaking about the post war period, he mentioned the role of religion in peace building and tolerance, but also the fighting of radical and extremist religion.
“Allow me to speak a bit about Kosovo’s experience with religion and peace and to list some of the achievements of ours. The first one is that we have not allowed the religion to be implicated in Kosovo’s war for liberation and independence”, President Thaçi said.
The second achievement, according to President Thaçi, is that Kosovo has included the religion and religious leaders in its endeavors to build peace and understanding between people since the end of the war.
“One of my first initiatives as the President of the Republic of Kosovo was the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Some of the first main supporters of this initiative were the religious leaders, of all religious communities,” said the President.
And the third one is that the religious leaders in Kosovo have built bridges of communication and cooperation between them.
“Thus, we send out the message of tolerance and cohabitation and we place religion in service of peace in Kosovo”, President Thaçi concluded.
The conference is attended by leaders of the countries of the region and religious leaders from around the world./ibna