Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia, addressing the UN general debate at the United Nations in New York recently. UN Photo/Cia Pak
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Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Baltic Appeal in the UNGA

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The dynamic and energetic President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, kicked off her remarks in the 74th United Nations General Assembly recently by focusing attention on the Baltic Appeal. Here’s what she had to say in her own words:

“Forty years ago, 40 years after Europe had been divided between those with power, between those who never hesitated to use this power to the benefit of their own nations and detriment of the others – 45 people from the Baltic States sent out an appeal to the United Nations, to the EU, and the countries involved. Their appeal – later known as the Baltic Memorandum – carried the hope that multi-lateral co-operation based on the rule of law can deliver for the small occupied states located between the two global blocks, the liberal democratic world and the Soviet Union”, said the Estonian President.

She went onto say “just 12 years later, the three Baltic States re-joined the  world of free and independent states. This was a victory for democracy and multi-lateral co-operation.”

“This year,” according to Estonian President Kaljulaid, “Estonia celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Baltic Appeal by taking responsibility – we could not ever dream about during occupation – becoming an elected member of the Security Council of the United Nations.”

Starting in January 2020, the Republic of Estonia will assume its responsibility as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Follow “The Baltic Review” for more coverage on Estonia’s remarks at the United Nations and its work as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of "Baltic Review" based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body's work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.

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