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The National Defence Council discussed the tasks of peacetime national defence

The National Defence Council under the leadership of President Rüütel convened today at Kadriorg to discuss the tasks of different ministries arising from the Peacetime National Defence Act. The meeting addressed the tasks of local governments, development of civil-military cooperation, reserves, and procurement and use of supplies.

The President of the Republic stressed the importance of total national defence, saying: "As the threats often lack clear "outlines, in today's world the security cannot be guaranteed by the use of military defence only. The security threats could be hedged by crisis prevention measures and by developing civil capacities that supplement military capabilities within the framework of a unified national defence policy."

President Rüütel added that each institution to which certain tasks had been designated in accordance with the Peacetime National Defence Act, should regularly review their tasks and their responsibilities in the area of defence related cooperation with other institutions. "Civil-military cooperation and total national defence, beside having military defence aspect, are important from the viewpoint of the whole society," the Head of State said.

The National Defence Council is an advisory body to the President of the Republic who is the supreme commander of national defence. The members of the Council are the Chairman of the Riigikogu, the Prime Minister, the Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defence, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Minister of Justice and the Chief of the Defence Forces.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, June 6, 2005

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