Hon. Mari Alkitiri
Timor Leste's first Prime Minister Dr. Mari Alkatiri reminisced about his meeting with Sri Chinmoy and reflected on the need for ongoing commitment to peace commenting, " The value of peace, which we all treasure, is many a times very lofty and difficult to attain. We must undertake a permanent exercise in order to acquire the capacity of thinking and of modifying our attitudes so that we may obtain peace. I myself want peace, and, to that end, there is a need for a daily dedication to peace-building, both in theory and in practice. What is important is to preserve peace in our hearts and in our thoughts. Many a time people question the reason of us resorting to the statue of a personality that is unknown to the Timorese people, but who they will get to know, because we have reached peace thanks to the efforts of many people from all over the world, and we must value this."