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Foreign Ministers of Many Neighbouring Countries Coming to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Restoration of Estonia’s Independence

25.07.2011

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the restoration of Estonia’s independence, the Foreign Ministry and the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute are organising a conference on 20 August entitled “20.08.1991 – Twenty Years On”, which will see the participation of the current and former foreign ministers and other political figures from our neighbouring countries. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet has said that at the conference the former and current government leaders and foreign ministers of the Nordic countries, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia will focus on the experiences gained over the last 20 years as well as new challenges.

Iceland’s special role in recognising Estonia’s independence is being emphasised by 21 August being declared Iceland Day, within the framework of which various cultural events will take place. “For Estonia, Iceland’s decision to be the first country to recognise the restoration of Estonia’s independence less than a full day after independence was declared is and will remain a historical turning point,” said Paet. “Iceland’s bold step made the decision easier for a lot of other countries, who then followed its example,” he added. According to the foreign minister, Iceland Day will take place to thank Iceland and to celebrate the special relationship between Estonia and Iceland.

Within the framework of Iceland Day, concerts, exhibits, and other events introducing Iceland’s culture will take place throughout Tallinn.

Also dedicated to Iceland’s special role is the concert taking place at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds on 20 August, “Song of Freedom”. This massive event will feature rock and pop musicians from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, and Russia, as well as Iceland. The free concert will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the restoration of independence of the Republic of Estonia, and also serve as the kick-off event for Iceland Day. For additional information: http://www.lauluvaljak.ee/est/yritused/vabaduselaul.

Attention journalists!

If you would like to cover the political-themed conference, please let the Foreign Ministry press centre know at the email address centre@mfa.ee or by phone at 637 7630 by 15.00 on 17 August at the latest.

Press cards can be picked up from the desk at the guest entrance to the Foreign Ministry (located at Lauteri 2) on 18 August until 17.00.

Conference schedule:

9.30 Roundtable panel I “How the situation today reflects our endeavours 20 years ago”
Tallinn Teachers’ House, Town Hall Square 14

11.20 Roundtable panel II “From 1990 to 2030. How well do the lessons of the past 20 years prepare us for the challenges of the next 20 years?”
Tallinn Teachers’ House, Town Hall Square 14
 

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