On 26 January at 4 p.m. in the Foreign Ministry, to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the international de iure recognition of the Republic of Latvia, Foreign Minister Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis will launch an exhibition "90 years since Latvia's international recognition". Taking part in the opening ceremony are President Valdis Zatlers. Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis will present the Cabinet of Ministers Certificates of Recognition, but Foreign Minister Kristovskis will present the Foreign Ministry Certificates of Recognition for significant contribution to the work of the foreign service. At the conclusion of the event a reception will be held for the members of the Saeima, the foreign diplomatic corps in Latvia, the former foreign ministers, the former ambassadors of Latvia, and the media.
On 26 January 1921, the efforts by Foreign Minister Zigfrīds Anna Meierovics, Latvian diplomats and the entire staff of the foreign service reached the goal: the Republic of Latvia achieved the status of an internationally recognised state. Another foreign policy goal was also attained as Latvia joined the community of European countries and of those of the world. This held a decisive significance for the future destiny of the country, as Latvia retained its de iure statehood during the years under foreign powers.
After the year 1940 when Latvia lost its independence, Latvia's diplomatic and consular service abroad continued to represent the state de iure in the free world. This was instrumental for a successful deployment of the Foreign Ministry activity, following a full restoration of independence in 1991, and Latvia's speedy return to the international arena.
De iure recognition is irrevocable and permanent. Following the loss of its independence de facto in 1940, Latvia existed as a subject of international law until the full restoration of independence of the Republic of Latvia in August 1991.
The exhibition was created by the staff of the Foreign Ministry Political Archive. The display features materials from the State History Archives of Latvia and the Foreign Ministry Political Archive. Other national depositories which support and have contributed to the exposition are the War Museum of Latvia, the national Library of Latvia, the Latvian State Archive, the Museum of Literature and Music of Latvia, the specialized library of the State Archives, and the State Archive of Socio-political History of Russia.
The exposition will be on display from 27 January to 27 March. Visits to be arranged in advance with the Foreign Ministry Public Relations Division, telephone 67016 447.
For the attention of the media!
Media representatives who wish to attend the launching event are invited to register their participation with the Foreign Ministry Press Centre before 2 p.m. on 26 January, by calling 67016 272.