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24.08.2014|Foreign Ministry

Speech by Foreign Minister Urmas Paet on the occasion of the National Memorial Ceremony Dedicated to the Victims of Nazism and Communism on August 23rd, 2014.

One possible day to commemorate the victims of Communism and Nazism, among many other such days, is unfortunately the day when the Stalin-Hitler Pact and its secret protocols were signed in Moscow in 1939. This act created the basis for the occupation and annexation of several independent nations,...
04.03.2014|Foreign Ministry

Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Urmas Paet at the 25th Human Rights Council

Mr. President, Dear colleagues, Your Excellencies, The situation in Ukraine is critical. The Crimean peninsula has been invaded by Russian troops and aggressions regrettably taking place. Military action in Crimea is a serious threat to European peace and security. The events in Ukraine have...
27.02.2014|Foreign Ministry

Address on Estonia’s Foreign Policy to the Riigikogu on Behalf of the Government of Estonia

Honourable head of session! Dear members of parliament! Honoured guests! Firstly, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the families and people close to those killed in recent weeks and days in Ukraine’s greatest tragedy in the last 20 years. Ukrainian society is broken and...
18.10.2013|Foreign Ministry

Seoul Conference on Cyberspace 2013, 17 October 2013

Keynote Address by H.E. Mr. Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Estonia Seoul Conference on Cyberspace 2013 Plenary Session 3 17 October 2013 Check against delivery Ladies and gentlemen, over the past two decades in Estonia, the internet has become increasingly important for promoting...
09.09.2013|Foreign Ministry

Opening Statement by the Estonian Permanent Representative to UN Headquarters in Geneva Jüri Seilenthal in the Human Rights Council 24th Session

9 September, 2013   Mr. President, Estonia would like to thank H.E. Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, for the opening statement of HRC24 and her activities. We are very thankful for a comprehensive update to the HRC and reiterate our unwavering support...
03.06.2013|Foreign Ministry

Urmas Paet: Estonia and Russia Need Clearly Defined National Borders

We are not doing Russia any favours with the border treaties – a clearly established border is an essential aspect to ensuring our security, writes Foreign Minister Urmas Paet (Reform). The consultations to bring an Estonia-Russia border treaty into force, which began thanks to a proposal...
10.04.2013|Foreign Ministry

The Complex Relationship between R2P and the ICC: Can it Succeed?

Keynote address by Urmas Paet, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs   Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, This conference aims to look at the Responsibility to Protect concept from a human rights perspective. One possible way to do so is by looking at the International Criminal Court. As...
19.03.2013|Foreign Ministry

Statement of H.E. Mr. Margus Kolga, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN at the UN Security Council debate on the Situation in Afganistan

Thank you, Mr. President, First of all, allow me to thank the Secretary General for his intervention and for the report. I would also like to thank the Special Representative, Jan Kubiš for the hard work that he and the mission have delivered on the ground in Afghanistan. My delegation also...
21.02.2013|Foreign Ministry

Address on Estonia’s foreign policy to the Riigikogu on behalf of the Government of Estonia 21.02.2013

Honourable chairman, Dear Members of the Riigikogu, Dear guests, We will soon celebrate the 95th birthday of the Estonian state. At the end of March the period of uninterrupted de facto independence will equal that which Estonia experienced before the war. The foundations of our statehood are...
15.01.2013|Foreign Ministry

21st Century Security Challenges and Future Possibilities

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet At the Sälen Conference Sälen, 14.I.2013   Your Royal Highness, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, We are gathered here in this beautiful and peaceful winter resort at a time when the world around us is increasingly...


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