The Embassy of Latvia in Denmark celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way

12.11.2019. 16:38

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, the Latvian Embassy in Denmark, in cooperation with the Lithuanian and Estonian embassies, on 17 September 2019 organized a working lunch with the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Jeppe Kofod as the guest of honour. The working luncheon was attended by the Ambassadors of the Baltic States, the Ambassador of Finland (current holder of the EU Presidency), the Ambassadors of Portugal and Belgium, and the Director of the EU Coordination Department of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Jesper Fersløv Andersen.

In her speech, Ambassador Alda Vanaga emphasized the historical importance of the Baltic Way and recalled the unity and mutual trust that was needed both to remind the world of the criminal Stalin-Hitler pact and to demonstrate a clear desire for Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to regain their independence. Values ​​such as democracy and freedom were important in 1989 and must not be forgotten today. Mutual trust and unity are also needed to face today's challenges and create like-minded partner groups. The Ambassador also thanked Denmark for its contribution to security in the Baltic region, its leading role in the establishment of the Multinational Division Headquarters "Ziemeļi" in Ādaži, the presence of the Danish Armed Forces in Estonia, as well as for the Air Policing missions carried out in the Baltic states by Denmark, Belgium and Portugal.

Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod recognized the importance of the Baltic Way campaign and shared his memories of the Baltic Way and the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe. The Minister confirmed that Denmark is interested in developing a closer cooperation with the Baltic States.

During the working lunch, current EU issues relating to security, climate and prosperity were discussed. Such topics as the Arctic, cooperation within the Council of the Baltic Sea States and digital co-operation were also addressed.