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Estonia Contributes to International Crisis Management

02.10.2013

Nr 307-E

In a meeting with the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Crisis Group Louise Arbour, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the focus of international crisis management should be on the achievement of sustainable solutions. “To ensure this, Estonia supports a trustworthy and effective international legal order,” stated Paet. “In particular, we consider the role of the International Criminal Court in the fight against impunity to be very important. The knowledge that no crime will go unpunished may deter future crimes or the continuation of current ones,” said the Estonian foreign minister.

According to Paet, Estonia contributes to international crisis management by providing humanitarian aid. “However, we support long-term processes through development cooperation,” he added.

Paet emphasises that for Estonia, finding solutions to frozen conflicts in Georgia, Moldova, and Nagorno-Karabakh is very important. “Frozen conflicts must be handled very seriously, because otherwise they become burning conflicts,” added Paet.

As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet asserts that Estonia’s priorities in the field of human rights are protection of the rights of women, consideration of the role of gender in conflict resolution, and the fight against impunity.
The International Crisis Group was founded in 1995. The independent group is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to avoiding and preventing crises. The crisis group has 150 contributors worldwide. The group releases over 90 reports a year on various conflicts and issues a monthly bulletin entitled “CrisisWatch”. The organization’s president Louise Arbour is a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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