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The President of the Republic delivered a speech at the UN General Assembly

President Arnold Rüütel delivered a speech at the UN General AssemblyPresident Arnold Rüütel delivered a speech, on September 15, in New York, at the UN General Assembly's forum of heads of state and government, which has turned out to be the most representative World Summit in modern times.

President Rüütel said in his speech that primary responsibility for development lies with each country itself. "Strengthening of national governance, combating corruption and regulation of economic environment are significant prerequisites to enhance impact and efficiency. Resultant assistance should be based on local needs and sufficiently ambitious national development strategies developed in target countries," the head of Estonian state said.

Talking about the UN role in peaceful resolution and prevention of conflicts, President Rüütel said that Estonia is in favour of creating a Peacebuilding Commission, which will be a concrete result of the Summit, and hopes to see soon the fruit of the Commissions work.

The head of Estonian state also emphasised the firm stand of Estonia that there is no justification for terrorism. "We are convinced that it is possible to combat terrorism efficiently only in close transnational cooperation, in compliance with international legal standards, therefore we consider it important that a general convention on terrorism would be adopted as quickly as possible," the President of the Republic said expressing at the same time his satisfaction over the signing of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

"Estonia is confident that an institutional renewal is necessary to develop the UN into an increasingly efficient multilateral institution. To accomplish the goal, the UN bodies should be reformed and cohesion of the UN system increased. Estonia considers UN capability to ensure human rights protection as one of the most significant underlying factors of its reliability and therefore is in favour of setting up a permanent Human Rights Council. In our opinion the Council should have a necessary status and competence in order to efficiently promote the protection of human rights," the President of the Republic said.

President Rüütel emphasised that he considers it important that the relevant decisions concerning the achievement of the goals set to the UN and the reforming of the organisation will be adopted; however, the summit will be successful only if we implement the decisions within the timeframe.

In the evening, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, who is the head of the Estonian Permanent Representation to the UN, hosted a festive dinner in honour of the President of the Republic.

On Friday, September 16, President Rüütel will attend a reception hosted by the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Jiųi Paroubek. After the reception, the President of the Republic will leave New York and will arrive in Estonia on Saturday, September 17.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, September 16, 2005

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