SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee Inauguration Ceremony - Congratulatory Address
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In this posting, we'd like to share with you the first congratulatory address given by His Excellency Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, during the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee inauguration ceremony on August 11th, 2014, at the Korea Press Center.
H.E. Xanana Gusmao is an iconic figure of East Timor's independence movement, and was elected as the first President of East Timor through the first ever Presidential election held in East Timor. He was also re-elected in 2007 and 2012.
He also won the 1999 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights in 2000.
H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao
Prime Minister of Timor-Leste
Esteemed Chairman of the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee, Dr. Il-Sik Hong, committee members, distinguished guests from Korea, and around the world. I want to offer my sincere congratulations on the establishment of the SUNHAK Peace Prize. I am truly honored and happy by your invitation for me to deliver the congratulatory address today.
Ladies and gentlemen, today, I’m sure, we are all remembering Father Moon and wish he were here with us to attend this inauguration ceremony. He loved peace so much. The title of his autobiography was, “As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen.” Throughout his life Father Moon championed the vision of a peaceful world.
He taught that there were two basic principles of peace. The first principle was a motto that he lived his life by, “Live for the Sake of Others.” The second principle was his vision of the world as, “One Family under God.”
In essence, Father Moon saw public-mindedness and family values as the pillars and beams for building world peace.
Equally important, the contrary is also true. Selfishness and immorality are the enemies of peace.
I believe it was Father Moon’s passionate love for God and humankind that were central to his vision for peace. And, he shared this dream most intimately with his lovely wife and lifetime partner, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. It is their unbreakable love and her desire to carry on Father Moon’s legacy of peace that is at the heart of the SUNHAK Peace Prize. And this is why we are here today.
In essence, the message that this SUNHAK Peace Prize should carry is this: by living unselfish and altruistic lives, we can build families and communities of peace. And by transcending religion, race, nationality and culture we can build nations and a world of peace. With this message, the SUNHAK Peace Prize will serve as a beacon of hope, guiding us all towards a culture of peace.
Lastly, I would like to honor Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon and her late husband, Rev. Moon, who have invested all of their effort to realization of a peaceful world. In closing, I would like to express once again my sincere gratitude for allowing me to offer this congratulatory address at the establishment of the SUNHAK Peace Prize. Korea was and continues to be an inspiration of strength to developed countries to many least developed countries. Now an inspiration for all conflict afflicted countries, I hope it will help them surpass the difficult times they faced.
I pray that your families and nations may be blessed with peace and prosperity.
Thank you very much.