His Holiness the Dalai Lama congratulates Prime Minister Thaçi
Prishtina, 11 April 2010
Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi received a letter of congratulations from His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
On the second anniversary of Kosovos independence, a countrywide drawing competition was organized and the winning drawings were sent to important leaders and dignitaries throughout the world, together with a greeting from the Prime Minister. The Dalai Lama responded to the drawing and letter he received on Kosovos independence anniversary.
The following is an excerpt of the letter sent by His Holiness the Dalai Lama:
I have followed recent developments in the Balkans with concern as well as hope. I am glad the situation there has now greatly improved, with, for example, Kosovos achievement of independence under the auspices of the United Nations. The region now seems to be genuinely calmer and more peaceful.
As you mark the second anniversary of the Republic of Kosovos independence, I would like to offer my congratulations to Your Excellency and the people of Kosovo. At the same time I pray that your democratic country with its diverse communities living peacefully together in a spirit of understanding and mutual respect will be a model for others to emulate.