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Foreign Minister Paet: Czech Republic is Important Contributor to Estonia’s Security

17.11.2010

No. 361-E

At his meeting in Tallinn with Czech Foreign Minister Kaarel Schwarzenberg today, on the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet expressed hope that the Czech Republic would soon become a full member of the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. “The more NATO members we have participating in the work of the centre, the more qualified the centre will be to offer high-level cyber-related advice to NATO member states,” said Paet. “NATO’s cyber security capabilities must increase and be flexible enough to react to cyber developments in the world,” he added.

The Estonian foreign minister recognised the Czech Republic’s participation in protecting Estonia’s airspace. “The Czech Republic last participated in the Baltic air policing mission last year, and it will do so again in 2012,” he added.

In talking about the NATO summit beginning on Friday, Paet and Schwarzenberg confirmed that NATO’s future development is based on collective defence, NATO’s open-door policy will be preserved, and that co-operation with NATO partners will be developed with the goals of the alliance’s security and international stability in mind.

While talking about European Union Eastern Partnership, the foreign ministers emphasised the importance of strengthening Eastern Partnership and continuing co-operation in this sector. “Frozen conflicts hinder the development of European Union partner countries. The European Union must support and supplement international efforts to resolve frozen conflicts and take on a greater role than before in these endeavours, which the Eastern Partners expect us to do,” stated Paet. “In co-operation with the Eastern Partners we must focus on programmes that have quick and tangible results,” he added.

Paet recognised the Czech Republic’s desire for closer co-operation with the Baltic states. “Co-operation between the Estonian and Czech foreign ministries has been close—consultations on security policy and European Union policy have taken place,” Paet noted.

The foreign ministers also discussed the OSCE summit and European Union topics such as enlargement and economic co-ordination. The foreign ministers also spoke about European Union-Russia relations.

Photos from the meeting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry

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