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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Recognised Estonian Experts For Participation in Civil Missions

04.03.2013

No 77-E

Today Foreign Minister Urmas Paet recognised civil experts that have participated in foreign missions for representing Estonia so well in the international missions. “The country of Estonia considers the work of civil experts to be essential and very valuable,” said Paet.

Foreign Minister Paet stated that all Estonian experts that have participated in civil missions deserve recognition. “Through your work you have all shared Estonia’s best practices in various conflict and post-conflict areas, represented the state of Estonia, and contributed to strengthening Estonia’s image in the world,” Paet emphasised in his speech during the appreciation event.

Currently there are 18 experts sent by the Estonian state participating in civil missions and the foreign minister confirmed that if possible, Estonia plans to increase its civil contribution even more.

This year the Foreign Ministry is recognising the Estonian experts that have served in European Union, UN, and OSCE missions in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, and Ukraine, helping those countries to develop their health care and internal security sectors.

“Like the rest of the world, our glance has also turned towards Africa,” Paet remarked. The foreign minister added that last year alone three new civil missions were started in that region: in South Sudan, in Sahel, and in the Horn of Africa. A border guarding mission in Libya and training mission in Mali, in which two Estonian staff officers are participating, and currently in the planning phase.

“Although these missions may at first glance seem far from us, it’s clear that participation in civil missions and sharing our experiences, as well as coming back with even richer knowledge and skills, plays an increasingly large role in ensuring our security and is an essential as a component of the internal security sector,” Paet said.

At today’s appreciation event the foreign minister also emphasised that contributing to civil missions is a strong foreign policy priority for Estonia. “Sharing our experiences in conflict areas and belonging to such international organisations as the EU, UN and OSCE, we increase our visibility in the world and with our experiences help other countries increase their security and well-being,” said Paet.

The Foreign Ministry also thanks its partner institutions and their wonderful workers. Sending out civil experts is a good example of effective co-operation and trust among different organisations.

Photos of the event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/sets/721576328893...

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