Ilves urges to cel­e­brate things unit­ing Latvia and Es­to­nia on cen­te­nary

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The ex-Pres­i­dent of Es­to­nia, Toomas Hen­drik Ilves, has con­grat­u­lated Latvia on the 100th an­niver­sary of its statehood and urged to look back at the his­tor­i­cal ups and downs ex­pe­ri­enced by Es­to­ni­ans and Lat­vians since the Mid­dle Ages that have united the two peo­ples.

In a state­ment pub­lished in English by Es­to­nia pub­lic broad­caster ERR, Ilves wrote: «There are few peo­ples with ties are as strong as those between Es­to­nia and Latvia. The roots of the ties which en­mesh us may be harsh, but to­gether they cre­ate an en­dur­ing bond.

Livo­nia in­ter­twined the des­tinies of both Es­to­nia and Latvia for some eight cen­turies. We are dif­fer­ent peo­ples, but we are both Livo­ni­ans. Our spir­i­tual close­ness finds its ex­pres­sion in a sim­i­lar world view, a com­mon his­tory, sim­i­lar po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic chal­lenges, and also a com­mon trea­sury of folk proverbs and say­ings, shaped by our per­cep­tions.» «We have also been fel­low trav­ellers in our re­cent his­tory. To­gether we fought for free­dom, to­gether we lost it, and re­gained it to­gether too. We joined the EU and NATO to­gether.»

«Crises come and go, but neigh­bours re­main. Know­ing we have a neigh­bour who shares our val­ues and sup­ports us is a great con­fi­dence boost in for­eign pol­icy, for in­stance.»

«To­day, with the 100th an­niver­sary of the birth of the Re­pub­lic of Latvia, there is every rea­son to cel­e­brate all that unites Es­to­nia and Latvia, unit­ing as both as cit­i­zens and as peo­ple.

Happy birth­day, Latvia! For­ward, to­gether.»

AFP/SCANPIX

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