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Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus: participants in civilian missions help build trust in Estonia

17.06.2015

Today, when thanking Estonian experts who have participated in civilian missions, Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus underlined the fact that their dedication, professionalism and ability to participate in comprehensive cooperation in the most demanding conditions is highly respected both in Estonia and internationally. “The feedback that we get regarding Estonian experts is very positive. Estonian experts are valued as contributors, who are precise, have the required expertise and strong dedication,” the Foreign Minister said when recognising the experts.

According to Pentus-Rosimannus, Estonia has contributed to civilian missions for nearly 20 years and over one hundred experts have served in various missions. Currently, Estonia’s contribution consists of 18 people who are serving in European Union, NATO and OSCE missions in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo. “We are ready to continue to contribute to international civilian mission in the future as well,” the Foreign Minister said.

The Foreign Minister said that the management of most crises today requires international civilian contribution and by contributing, Estonia is doing its part to improve security in difficult countries and along the way also building trust in Estonia. “By sharing experiences in areas of conflict, we are helping to increase security in international cooperation and to ensure international security in general,” the Foreign Minister said.

Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus highlighted the successful cooperation with the Interior Ministry, the Police and the Border Guard, the Rescue Board, the Academy of Security Sciences, the Justice Ministry, Defence Ministry and the Defence Forces. “Sending our experts on missions has been possible and effective thanks to our cooperation with good partners. I am pleased that our partner network has expanded year by year, and the diversification of our expertise is testimony to this,” the Foreign Minister added.

Today, experts who participated in the European Union police mission and the NATO training mission in Afghanistan, the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, the OSCE Special Mission in Ukraine and the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia were acknowledged.

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