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We have quotes from 20 World Leaders and Officials about UFOs

Roger Bacon
“Flying machines as these were of old, made even in our days”
Friar, 13th century.

Monsignor Corrado Balducci
“We can no longer think… is it true? Is it not true? Are they truths or are they lies–if we believe or if we don’t believe–no! There are already numerous considerations which make the existence of these beings into a certainty we cannot doubt.”
Monsignor Corrado Balducci, is a Vatican theologian “close to the pope”, who has been charged with studying reports of UFOs sent in from Vatican embassies around the world. This quote comes from one of Father Balducci’s many appearances on Italian television.

Sir Francis Chichester
“An object ‘like an oblong pearl’ drew steadily closer until perhaps a mile away when, right under my gaze as it were, it suddenly vanished. . . .But it reappeared close to where it had vanished. . . .It drew closer. I could see the dull gleam of light on nose and back. It came on, but instead of increasing in size, it diminished as it approached! When quite near, it suddenly became its own ghost. For one second I could see clear through it and the next. . .it had vanished.”
June 10, 1931 , Tasman Sea
Sir Francis Chichester, a famous aviator, sailor, and author, reporting on a strange sighting he had while flying his Gypsy Moth.

Sir Winston Churchill
“What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to? What can it mean? What is the truth?”

L. Clerebaut
“Scientifically we eliminate the simple hypotheses: It’s not a plane. It’s not a helicopter. It’s not a natural phenomenon because the descriptions don’t match. Therefore this global phenomenon resists any other explanation. The only remaining hypothesis is the hypothesis of extraterrestrial origin.”
Clerebaut was Secretary General, Belgian Government, in charge of investigating UFO sightings.

Lord Davies of Leek
“If one human being out of tens of thousands who allege to have seen these phenomena is telling the truth, then there is a dire need for us to look into the matter.”
Lord Davies was a Member of the House of Lords.

M. Robert Galley
“I must say that if listeners could see for themselves the mass of reports coming in from the airborne gendarmerie, from the mobile gendarmerie, and from the gendarmerie charged with the job of conducting investigations, all of which reports are forwarded by us to the National Center for Space Studies, then they would see that it is all pretty disturbing.”
“I believe that the attitude of spirit that we must adopt vis-à-vis this phenomena is an open one, that is to say that it doesn’t consist in denying apriori, as our ancestors of previous centuries did deny many things that seem nowadays perfectly elementary.”
From an interview by Jean-Claude Bourret, on February 21, 1974. Galley was French Minister of Defense

Mikhail Gorbachev
“In spite of all the differences between us, we must all learn to preserve our one big family of humanity. At our meeting in Geneva, the U.S. President said that if the earth faced an invasion by extraterrestrials, the United States and the Soviet Union would join forces to repel such an invasion. I shall not dispute the hypothesis, though I think it’s early yet to worry about such an intrusion. ”
From a speech to the International Forum, “For a Nuclear-Free World and the Survival of Humanity,” at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on February 16, 1987.
“I know that there are scientific organizations which study this problem.”
In reply to the question, “Does the USSR government study UFOs?,”
Asked while visiting the Uralmash plant in Sverdlovsk on April 26th, 1990
“The phenomenon of UFOs does exist, and it must be treated seriously.”
From Soviet Youth, May 4, 1990.

Paul Hellyer
“UFOs, are as real as the airplanes that fly over your head,”
“I’m so concerned about what the consequences might be of starting an intergalactic war, that I just think I had to say something.”
“The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning.”
“The time has come to lift the veil of secrecy, and let the truth emerge, so there can be a real and informed debate, about one of the most important problems facing our planet today.”
Paul Hellyer former Canadian Minister of Defence at the Toronto Exopolitics Symposium, September 25, 2005
“To turn us in the direction of re-unification with the rest of creation Alfred Lambremont Webre is proposing a ‘Decade of Contact’ – an ‘era of openess, public hearings, public funded research, and education about extraterrestrial reality.’ That could just be the antidote the world needs to end its greed-driven, power-centered madness.”
Paul Hellyer at University of Toronto

Lord Hill-Norton
“The evidence that there are objects which have been seen in our atmosphere, and even on terra firma, that cannot be accounted for either as man-made objects or as any physical force or effect known to our scientists seems to me to be overwhelming… A very large number of sightings have been vouched for by persons whose credentials seem to me unimpeachable. It is striking that so many have been trained observers, such as police officers and airline or military pilots. Their observations have in many instances… been supported either by technical means such as radar or, even more convincingly, by… interference with electrical apparatus of one sort or another…”
From the foreword to a book written by British UFO researcher Timothy Good, Above Top Secret, in 1987. Lord Hill-Norton (GCB), Chief of Defense Staff, Ministry of Defense, Britain; Chairman, Military Committee of NATO; Admiral of the Fleet; Member of House of Lords.
“I have frequently been asked why a person of my background-a former Chief of the Defense Staff, a former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee – why I think there is a cover-up [of] the facts about UFOs. I believe governments fear that if they did disclose those facts, people would panic. I don’t believe that at all. There is a serious possibility that we are being visited by people from outer space. It behooves us to find out who they are, where they come from, and what they want.”
British Royal Navy, Video and Disclosure, pp. 305 – 307

Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu
“Japan does not have such organizations at a government level… If young people display a serious interest in similar phenomena, we should perhaps think of forming a UFO-data collecting group under the auspices of the Ministry of Education.”
From an interview with students of Waseda University in Tokyo in November 1989. on he question of whether Japan had an official UFO organization
“First of all, I told a magazine this past January that, as an underdeveloped country with regards to the UFO problem, Japan had to take into account what should be done about the UFO question, and that we had to spend more time on these matters. In addition, I said that someone had to solve the UFO problem with far reaching vision at the same time. Secondly, I believe it is a reasonable time to take the UFO problem seriously as a reality… I hope that this Symposium will contribute to peace on earth from the point of view of outer space, and take the first step toward the international cooperation in the field of UFOs. From the point of view of ‘people’ in outer space, all human beings on earth are the same people, regardless of whether they are American, Russian, Japanese, or whoever.”
Kaifu, who was Prime Minister, concerning an upcoming Symposium on Space and UFOs.

Earl of Kimberly
“UFOs defy worldly logic… The human mind cannot begin to comprehend UFO characteristics: their propulsion, their sudden appearance, their disappearance, their great speeds, their silence, their maneuver, their apparent anti-gravity, their changing shapes.”
Kimberly was former Liberal Party spokesman on aerospace, and member of the House of Lords.

Prince Phillip, His Royal Highness, Duke of Edinburgh
“There are many reasons to believe that they (UFOs) do exist: there is so much evidence from reliable witnesses.”

Nick Pope

“I concentrate on the science. I’m interested in the UFOs seen by the police and military witnesses. I’m interested in the near misses that pilots report, where their aircraft nearly collide with these things. I’m interested in the visual sightings backed up by radar. I’m interested in the military bases that are overflown by these things. I’m interested in the cases where you have radiation readings on the ground. These are no lights in the sky. These are not misidentifications of fantasy prone individuals. This is a cutting-edge technology being reported by reliable, trained observers, and it is something that goes beyond what we can do. That to me suggests that if it is not ours, it belongs to someone else. If that technology is better than ours, then the extraterrestrial hypothesis seems to me the best explanation.”
“Certainly when I socialized with my RAF colleagues, I would find that they were a little bit more receptive to the idea of UFOs–and by that I mean perhaps even an extraterrestrial explanation for this — than you might have supposed. One of the reasons for that was that so many RAF pilots had actually seen things themselves. Many of them have never made an official report. I had one chap tell me that he had seen something over the North Sea. I asked him why he hadn’t reported it, and he said, ‘I don’t want to be known as Flying Saucer Fred for the rest of my career.'”
“We were asking the Americans, ‘Are you operating a prototype aircraft in our airspace?’ That, of course, was nonsense. You simply would not do that from a diplomatic and political point of view. It would undermine the entire structure of NATO if you were putting things through someone else’s airspace, particularly a close ally, without seeking the proper diplomatic clearance. But we had to ask. And the Americans, having had similar reports, I guess, since the Hudson Valley wave [New York state, mid-1980s], had been quietly asking us if we had some large, triangular shaped object that could go from 0 to Mach 5 in a second. Our response was that we wished we did. This was the bizarre situation: that we were chasing the Americans, and the Americans were chasing us.”
“The official line from the Ministry of Defense is, ‘Yes, this happened. No, we don’t know what it is, but we say that it is of no defense significance.’ How can it possibly be of no defense significance when your best jet is left for standing by a UFO? And, again, how can it be of no defense significance when your air defense region is routinely penetrated by structured craft?”
Excerpts are from a taped interview. Pope headed up the “UFO desk” at Air Secretariat 2-A, British Ministry of Defense from 1991-1994, and has served in other departments of the Ministry of Defense since 1985.

Lord Rankeillour
“Many men have seen them [UFOs] and have not been mistaken. Who are we to doubt their word?… Only a few weeks ago a Palermo policeman photographed one, and four Italian Navy officers saw a 300-foot long fiery craft rising from the sea and disappearing into the sky… Why should these men of law enforcement and defense lie?”
Lord Rankeillour was a Member of the House of Lords.

Air Marshall Nurjadin Roesmin
“UFOs sighted in Indonesia are identical with those sighted in other countries. Sometimes they pose a problem for our Air Defence and once we were obliged to open fire on them.”
Air Marshall Roesmin was Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian Air Force, 1967.

Wilbert Smith
“The matter is the most highly classified subject in the United States Government, rating higher even than the H-bomb. Flying saucers exist. Their modus operandi is unknown but a concentrated effort is being made by a small group headed by Doctor Vannevar Bush. The entire matter is considered by the United States authorities to be of tremendous significance.”
Smith was a Senior radio engineer with the Department of Transport, headed Project Magnet, the first Canadian government UFO investigation in the 1950s.

Earl Alexander of Tunis
“There are of course many phenomena in this world which are not explained and it is possible to say that the orthodox scientist is the last person to accept that something new (or old) may exist which cannot be explained in accordance with his understanding of natural laws.”
Earl Alexander was British Minister of Defense.

Jean-Jacques Velasco
“There are cases which remain unexplained… Let’s say simply that the events which were registered and measured, particularly at Trans-en-Provence, but also in the case of l’Amarante [a CE-II on Oct. 21, 1982] and two others, allow us to suppose that there are phenomena which escape our understanding completely. I must say that this permits us to suppose that there is an intelligence behind the phenomena. But I believe it would be largely speculation to go beyond this point.”
Velasco, the last head of GEPAN and director of SEPRA at CNES Headquarters in Toulouse, in an interview with the French magazine Phénomèna. Velasco also stated that SEPRA’s primary task was tracking “satellite re-entries, which are more and more numerous, and secondly, to continue the activities of GEPAN, stopped in 1988.

Dr. Felix Y. Zigel
“The important thing now is for us to discard any preconceived notions about UFOs and to organize on a global scale a calm, sensation-free and strictly scientific study of this strange phenomenon. The subject and aims of the investigation are so serious that they justify all efforts. It goes without saying that international cooperation is vital.” (Zigel, F., “Unidentified Flying Objects,” Soviet Life, No. 2 (137), February 1968.)
Dr. Felix Y. Zigel, Professor of mathematics and astronomy at the Moscow Aviation Institute, father of Russian Ufology: “Unidentified Flying Objects,” Soviet Life, February 1968