Truth Is My Sword Volume I - Collected Speeches in the Public Arena

by Bo Hi Pak

Inauguration of the Federation for World Peace

August 28, 1991

Remarks given on the occasion of the inauguration of the Federation for World Peace held at the Little Angels Performing Arts Center, August 28, 1991, in Seoul, Korea. Speakers included Gen. Alexander Haig, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of State and Supreme Allied Commander of NATO; Dr. Rodrigo Carazo, former president of Costa Rica; and numerous dignitaries from around the world.

As the master of ceremonies for this auspicious occasion, I would like to give my warmest welcome to all of you. I especially want to graciously welcome the representatives from the Soviet Union and many republics following the occurrence of such dramatic events in their great country.

This is truly a remarkable international gathering. The representatives of more than 50 countries have gathered here today. Please accept my warmest welcome.

I would like to give briefly the origin and background of the Federation for World Peace. During the Summit meeting between President Bush and President Gorbachev in Washington on June 1, 1990, Reverend Moon conceived the idea of the formation of this Federation for World Peace as a global organization to promote lasting world peace based on a true value system. Upon the recommendation of Reverend Moon, a declaration stating the goals and purposes of this organization was drafted. This declaration can be found in its entirety in your program.

Since then, more than 100,000 distinguished personalities in the fields of politics, economics, social welfare, business, academics, and culture in the United States also have signed this document demonstrating their support. In addition, more than 40,000 distinguished personalities from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East have also joined in the spirit of this federation with their signatures. These have led to the inauguration of the Federation for World Peace today.

Today, August 28, 1991, the Federation for World Peace is officially inaugurated. With the blessings of Our Lord, we pray for the fulfillment of its ultimate goal: global peace.

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