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The President of the Republic met the President of Latvia

President Arnold Rüütel at Rezekne in Latvia met the President of the Republic of Latvia, Vaira Vike-FreibergaPresident Arnold Rüütel this morning at Rezekne in Latvia met the President of the Republic of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga.

The focus of the discussion between the two Heads of State was on the preparations for the respective referendums due to decide the accession to the European Union. Both Heads of State found that Estonia and Latvia could carry out their relevant information work partly in collaboration since neighbour’s example was to influence the outcome of referendum as well.

Their meeting also addressed possibilities to develop the Estonian School in Riga. The Heads of State anew expressed their desire that an Estonian-Latvian dictionary be published. Also the development of the Baltic States’ unified energy system, according to the Presidents worth of their governments attention, was under discussion.

Thereafter, the Presidents of Estonia and Latvia at the Rezekne Higher Education Institute met with students, teachers and residents of the town. Addressing the audience, President Rüütel said: “Our children’s and grandchildren’s destiny depends on the choices to be made in the coming weeks. We can secure them a place in the family of European peoples and guarantee them – together with Europe - a say in European matters. But we also can end up alone looking around with anxiety, to see how the others are deciding our fate.”

The Estonian Head of State expressed conviction that Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia had many shared positions and interesting projects to be carried out jointly being members of the European Union. “Left on our own, our possibilities would be far more modest,” President Rüütel noted.

In the afternoon, the Presidents of Estonia and Latvia flew to Viljandi where they are due to meet with local residents at the Theatre Ugala.

Office of the President
Kadriorg, September 4, 2003

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