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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Tartu Peace Treaty One of Estonia’s Most Important International Agreements

04.02.2013

No 31-E

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the Tartu Peace Treaty, concluded 93 years ago on 2 February 1920, is one of Estonia’s most important international agreements. “The Tartu Peace Treaty provided a solid base for our statehood and the necessary legal framework for Estonia’s diplomats at the time to start working in the international arena,” said Pae

Foreign Minister Paet also said that when talking about the Tartu Peace Treaty, we must remember not just the historical role played by international agreement but also their role in diplomacy today. “International agreements – from the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations to the current European Union financial agreements – significantly affect international politics,” he noted.
Estonian diplomats, whose job it is to advance international relations through both bilateral and multilateral communication, encounter the topic of international agreements on a daily basis. “Estonia has concluded hundreds of international agreements. Last year, for example, we concluded over 20 agreements with other countries or international organisations,” said Paet.

Yesterday an international law seminar dedicated to the 93rd anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty was held at the Foreign Ministry, organised by the Foreign Ministry in co-operation with Tallinn Law School at the Tallinn University of Technology. During the seminar Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Lauri Bambus provided a look back at the Estonian foreign service, Per Bergling of the Swedish Foreign Minister spoke on the topic of “Foreign agreements and the scythe of time”, and Tanel Kerikmäe and Katrin Nyman-Metcalf of the Tallinn Law School at the Tallinn University of Technology spoke about the development of international agreement law.

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