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President’s advisory council member Marianne Mikko meets Foreign Minister of Guyana Carl B. Greenidge in the framework of Estonia’s UN Security Council membership campaign visit to Caribbean countries

17. January 2018 - 20:20
President’s advisory council member Marianne Mikko meets Foreign Minister of Guyana Carl B. Greenidge

Estonia’s UN Security Council membership campaign visit to the Caribbean countries continued in Georgetown, Guyana where MP Marianne Mikko met Foreign Minister Carl B. Greenidge, a long-term politician and diplomat. Greenidge has performed many international engagements throughout his career. He has, inter alia, been the Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. The meeting focused on cooperation in the UN and opportunities to intensify relations between the two countries, on both a political and a practical level.
Estonia and Guyana are both members of the UN Forum of Small States and it is important for both countries that the world order based on international law remains. There must be more small states in the Security Council where small states are in the minority although in the UN, small states are in the majority. The Security Council Membership would provide small states the opportunity to highlight their security concerns which might not always capture the attention of bigger countries. The Security Council should pay more attention to the causes of security threats and solving them in addition to solving current conflicts. Speaking about the importance of international law, Greenidge mentioned Friedrich Martens, a diplomat with Estonian roots, whose contribution to defining international humanitarian law can hardly be underestimated. “Guyana has twice been a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. They want to apply for the membership again for 2024-25. Estonia wants it too. As well as support for Estonia’s candidacy. Small states, let’s stay together! This was the central theme of our conversation,” Mikko characterised the meeting.
Estonian digital specialists, the representatives of Estonian Information System Authority and e-Governance Academy in particular, have been active in the Caribbean region for a few years now. They organise seminars and consult officials from both international organisations and local authorities. Estonia’s image in the region, especially when it comes to e-governance and e-services, is positive and Estonian experts have been invited to counsel to many places. This week, the representatives on e-Governance Academy will participate in the regional meeting of heads of state in Antigua and Barbuda where it will be discussed how to increase the resilience of governance through e-services and make it more resistant to natural disasters. It is a great springboard for deeper cooperation and bilateral relations.

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