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Foreign minister Urmas Paet: remembering former crimes helps to prevent new crimes against humanity


Foreign minister Urmas Paet said today at a ceremony commemorating the 65th anniversary of the March deportations, that crimes against humanity must not be forgotten. “In recalling one of the most tragic events in Estonia’s history, we know that the crimes of all totalitarian regimes must be condemned. This knowledge is essential, in order to prevent new crimes against humanity being committed,” he stressed.

Foreign minister Paet stated that the deportation was an attempt by the totalitarian Soviet Union to suppress the Estonian people. “There were very few families who were left untouched by the repressions of the Soviet regime,” the foreign minister said.

During the deportation operation carried out from March 25 to 29, 1949, Soviet authorities deported more than 20 000 people from Estonia to Siberia.

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