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The President of the Republic visited Abruka

President Arnold Rüütel and Mrs Ingrid Rüütel today by visiting the Island of Abruka completed their four-day tour of Estonian small islands.

The President during his tour of Abruka was accompanied by writers Ülo and Jüri Tuulik coming from the island, who showed him the local cemetery, a museum under construction and a post windmill, and gave explanations of local nature. He talked at a meeting with islanders about what was necessary and possible in order to make life on our small islands to continue.

The residents of Abruka said with one voice that the state had to make its contribution in order to keep the island liveable and to preserve its natural environment. In their view, this could be reached through tax system, business consultancy, subsidies and European Union support projects, but also through a good connection with the mainland. The President agreed with the opinion of the people of Abruka: "Although it is continuously maintained as if the preservation of human settlement on islands were expensive, our permanently populated islands as such are great national assets. As a matter of fact, it is our national duty to preserve these assets. All those having power and resources, should offer helping hand here."

President Arnold Rüütel and Mrs Ingrid Rüütel visited the Island of Abruka President Arnold Rüütel and Mrs Ingrid Rüütel visited the Island of Abrukal

Office of the President
Kadriorg, July 12, 2003

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