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Estonia Supports Further Enlargement of NATO

02.10.2013

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At a meeting of the foreign minister of the USA-Adriatic and USA-Baltic Charter countries which took place in the framework of the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia considers NATO’s cooperation with candidate and partner countries as well as further enlargement to be important. “NATO enlargement has significantly helped to strengthen security in Europe,” stated Paet. “For this reason, we support the continuation of NATO’s Open Door Policy. States which share NATO’s values and are able to fulfil the requirements of membership must have an opportunity to join the alliance,” he added.

The Adriatic Charter was signed by USA’s Secretary of State Colin Powell and the foreign ministers of Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia in 2003. In 2008, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro joined as new members. The primary objective of the Adriatic Charter is to clarify to the countries of the Western Balkans their prospects of joining NATO.

At the USA-Adriatic and Baltic Charter meeting, Foreign Minister Paet and Montenegro’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšic signed the implementation protocol of the readmission agreement between Montenegro and the European Union. “The protocol creates a base for improved communication between departments and facilitates the work of migration officials dealing with cases of illegal immigration,” noted Paet.

In a meeting with representatives of the American Jewish Committee in New York, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet confirmed the state’s good cooperative relationship with our Jewish community.

Paet noted that a Holocaust victims memorial at Klooga, which had been renovated by the Estonian History Museum, was reopened on 16 September. From the Knesset, the chairperson of the Estonian-Israeli Frienship Group Rina Frenkel participated in the opening. “Estonia has condemned all crimes against humanity, including the Holocaust. The destruction of human life can never be accepted,” stressed Paet.

The foreign minister recognised the effectiveness of combating racism, xenophobia, and discrimination when it is done through education, research, and international cooperation.

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