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The working visit of the President of the Republic to New York continues

President Rüütel visited the World Trade Center Ground Zero MemorialPresident Rüütel today at the conference on fighting terrorism in New York exchanged views with the Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien, the President of France, Jacques Chirac, the Foreign Minister of Russia, Igor Ivanov, and the Prime Minister of Norway, Kjell Magne Bondevik.

They talked about the critical role of bilateral relations in fighting terrorism and the importance of conferences like this for the sake of raising awareness of the need to fight terrorism. The Russian Foreign Minister expressed his delight at the opportunity to visit Estonia in that very year.

Thereafter, President Rüütel attended the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS where he spoke about the problems associated with HIV and AIDS in Estonia and the Estonian experience in fighting them. The President of the Republic confirmed Estonia's determination to cooperate in fighting HIV and AIDS, and to strive jointly for the goals set by the European Union.

At the end of the day, President Rüütel visited the World Trade Center Ground Zero Memorial. The President of the Republic laid at the commemorative plaque there a bouquet of white lilies tied up with a blue-black-and-white ribbon, and, together with the delegation accompanying him, held a minute's silence for the victims of terrorism.

President Rüütel noted that the fight against terrorism was complicated by the fact that terrorists did not pick out their victims in accordance with their goals but innocent people chosen quite at random fell victim to them. "Thus, nobody from us is protected from this kind of arbitrary attacks," the President of the Republic said.

Tomorrow, President Rüütel will attend the opening of the UN 58th General Assembly.

Office of the President
Kadriorg, September 22, 2003

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