Letter to Secretary Genral Kofi Annan of the United Nations On Vietnam
Concerning the Millennium Peace Summit for Spiritual Leaders
The Honorable Kofi Annan
RE: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit for Spiritual Leaders.
Dear Mr. Secretary General,
I am a Vietnamese ex-prisoner of conscience released and expelled from Vietnam in September 1998 thanks to international pressure, of which your intervention was most appreciated. Throughout many years I have followed your efforts at the United Nations with admiration and respect. Your tireless works for world peace and reconciliation has inspired people of conscience all over the world. I believe that the United Nations, under your leadership, is moving toward being a true house of human brotherhood, and a genuine vehicle of an emerging global society a society of all people, all races and all faiths.
I therefore learn with shock and deep regret that His Holiness Dalai Lama, the inspiring and outstanding spiritual leader of Buddhism, has not been invited to the Summit of world spiritual leaders organized by the United Nations. While I strongly support the United Nations convention, I protest against the exclusion of His Holiness. I think that the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit should include the spiritual leaders of all world faiths to free it from any political pressure.
I hope that you would reverse a non-appropriate decision and invite His Holiness Dalai Lama to the Summit.
With my best wishes to you, I remain
Doan Viet Hoat, Ph.D.