An Open Letter of Gratitude

26 June 2015, 7:02 AM


To the leaders of Germany, Ukraine, Russia and France 

We, the URI-Europe conference’ participants gathered in April in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on behalf of the grassroots members of European United Religions Initiative’s family, address the leaders of Germany, Ukraine, Russia and France to express our gratitude for their facilitation of the process of the ceasefire agreement for Eastern Ukraine negotiated in Minsk as a first step together towards peace.

We express our moral, emotional and spiritual support to the four European statespersons in their continued efforts and dedication for an ongoing peaceful and principled resolution of the situation in Eastern Ukraine; as well as our wishes and encouragement to continue their steps towards peace, to maintain a commitment to dialogue and diplomacy.

Approved by the undersigned delegates of European Cooperation Circles of the United Religions Initiative (URI).

26th of April 2015.




Name - URI Cooperation Circle (CC) - Country

Daniel Exposito - Romero European Youth Leadership CC - Spain

Lesley Ten Siethoff - URI Netherlands - Netherlands

Martina Georgieva - URI Bulgaria - Bulgaria

Vjekoslav Saje - Balkan as a Soul Bridge - Bosnia

René Kahukula - Pacific Teams - France

Karimah Stauch - DMLB, URI Germany, URI Europe - Germany

Patrick Nickisch - UN Ambassador of URI in Geneva - Switzerland

Rosen Dimov - European Youth Leadership CC - Bulgaria

Alba Tarroc Fernandez - AUDIR - Spain

Merel Remmerswaal - URI Netherlands - Netherlands

Adriana Lubenova - Bulgaria

Abdelkarim Bellafkih - Bond Zonder Naam - Belgium

Wilhelm Sabri Hoffmann - URI Bonn - Germany

Eloïse Roux – EIFRF - France

Eric Roux - EIFRF - France

Andrea Dornseif - Unitheum - Germany

Stefania Sabo  -Romania

Sheikh Bashir Dultz - DMLB, URI Germany, URI Europe - Germany

Dr. Petar Grammatikoff  - URI Bulgaria - Bulgaria

Arzu Cetinkaya - Intercultural Circle Bonn - Germany

Duncan Wielzen - IBS The Hague - Netherlands

Marianne Horling - Intercultural Circle Bonn - Germany

Angelina Vladikova - Bridges, Forum For Dialogue - Bulgaria

Bart ten Broeck - IBS The Hague - Netherlands

Ari Van Buren - URI Netherlands - Netherlands

Elisabeth Lheure – AUDIR - Spain

Rita Bouwman - Dialogue Group Prisma - Belgium

Sally Mahé - URI USA - USA

Svetlana Karadzhova - Bridges - Bulgaria

Nargis Nurulle - Tajikistan


Cooperation Circles Involved

Balkan as a Soul Bridge CC

"Our purpose is: to develop relationships with and appreciation for different cultures and religions; to promote joint action and build a network for peace; and to launch URI in Mostar, Bosnia."