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PRELIMINARY NOTICE: A conference on the Baltic cooperation to be held on Friday

On Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m, in the assembly hall of the Academy of Sciences (6 Kohtu Str., Tallinn) a conference ''The Role of the Council of the Baltic States in the restoration of the independence of the Baltic States'' will be opened, dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the Council of the Baltic States. The conference is organised by the Academic Council of the President of the Republic.

The President of the Republic Arnold Rüütel will deliver an opening address. After that, Vytautas Lansbergis, a member of the European parliament, who as the President of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania from 1990 till 1992 was the first Head of Lithuanian state will take the floor. Also, Anatolijs Gorbunovs who as the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia from 1990 till 1993 was the Head of Latvian state, will make a speech.

The programme includes three longer presentations:
- ''The Council of the Baltic States - an historical event or a future sign'' by professor Arno Almann (Estonia)
- ''The integration of the Baltic states on time axis'', Mr. Romualdas Ozolas (Lithuania)
- ''The role of the Council of the Baltic States in the restoration of independence of Latvia'', Mr. Ivars Godmanis (Latvia)

After the presentations, Juhan Aare will introduce interviews with Mikhail Gorbatchev and Alexander Yakovlev, recently made in Moscow. After that, there will be a discussion on the topics handled during the conference. The President of the Republic will host a reception after the end of the conference.

12 May 2005 celebrates the anniversary of 15 years from the signing of the Declaration on Unity and Co-operation by the Republic of Estonia, Republic of Latvia and Republic of Lithuania in the White Hall of the Riigikogu in Tallinn, which re-established full-scale co-operation between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In line with the Treaty on Concord and Cooperation between the three Baltic states in 1934 in Geneva, the Baltic Council was established in 1990. Following the tradition of the conferences of the Baltic Foreign Ministers, the intergovernmental cooperation of the Republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania was restored and it got an institutional frame when the Baltic Council of Ministers was established on June 13, 1994 in Tallinn.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, May 11, 2005

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