Toward World Peace Day -- January 1, 2000
Bob Silverstein and Chris Hildred (England) wrote letters to various world leaders asking their help in declaring January 1, 2000 as "One Day In Peace, January 1, 2000!"
Here are some of the responses which have come in so far:
"I fully agree and support your project for a world-wide celebration of January 1, 2000, as a day dedicated to peace. This date would be an excellent start to a hopefully more peaceful new millennium for all of us in our interconnected global community."--President Arnold Koller, Swiss Confederation
"Archbishop Tutu thanks you warmly for your letter and commends you for your efforts to promote world peace and is most willing to give his support to your campaign."
-- Lavinia Browne, Assistant to Archbishop Tutu
"The Republic of Croatia fully supports all efforts aimed at achieving peace and stability around the world, and would consider January 1, 2000 an appropriate day to commemorate such efforts."
--Office of the President, Foreign Policy Advisor, Republic of Croatia
"We are impressed by your endeavors to foster the concept of Peace on Earth and spread the One Day in Peace message. As a member of the global village, the Republic of China will continue to commit itself to world peace."
--From the Office of the President of Taiwan
"In Cambodia, peace is in our minds every day, not just on one day of the year. After having suffered more than 20 years of war and devastation, Cambodian people have a longing for everlasting peace and pray for this every day. You can be sure that when you are celebrating ONE DAY IN PEACE, all Cambodians will be praying for the same thing with you."
--Ly Thuch, Chief of Cabinet of His Royal Highness Samdech Krom Preah, Kingdom of Cambodia
"The Honorable Prime Minister [Solomon Mamaloni] gives his support to your efforts in declaring ONE DAY IN PEACE on January 1, 2000, as we start off the next millennium with belief and determination in achieving world peace" We agree to join other nations of the world in proclaiming 1/1/2000 as a World Peace Day in our country. This, we believe, is a worthwhile gesture to start off the next millennium in a belief that world peace may become a reality to be closer to mankind."
--Office of the Prime Minister, Solomon Islands
"On behalf of President Vaclav Havel, I would like to thank you for your letter... we have received your correspondence with great pleasure... we are aware of a growing peace movement throughout the world. The President wishes you all good luck"
--Office of the President, Czech Republic
"On behalf of Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl, I would like to thank you for your letter... Activities promoting peace and mutual understanding are an active contribution to a good and peaceful future."
--Wolfgang Bindseil, Germany
"I want to assure you of my Government's full support."
--Kintu Musoke, Prime Minister, The Republic of Uganda
"Beretitenti (President) Tito warmly welcomes the initiative of your organization in working to promote peace on earth to make a better world for humankind. In this respect I write to register the support of the Government of Kiribati for the message of World Peace 2000."
-- President Beretitenti Tito, Kiritimati (Christmas) Island
"Thank you for your letter regarding World Peace Day. The President is deeply appreciative of your sentiments. He asked me to assure you of his support for your cause. Zambia is committed to peace and will do everything possible to ensure the maintenance of peace and stability."
"I support your project World Peace 2000 firstly because peace is essential if we are to hope for a happier world in the future and secondly because every effort to achieve peace must be made by as many individuals as possible. I wish you success in your noble task. With prayers and good wishes"
--HH Dalai Lama