At 3:30 pm on 27 September, the Riga Art Gallery will host the opening of exhibition prepared by the Archive Department of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs entitled International recognition of the renewal of Latvia's independence in 1991. The audience will be addressed by Foreign Minister Artis Pabriks. A special guest of the exhibition will be Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson, who was the Foreign Minister of Iceland in 1991.
The exposition will present authentic documents: resolutions, protocols, agreements, memoranda, communiqués, press releases, notes and letters that bear evidence of the international recognition of the renewal of Latvia's independence in 1991.
"The documents displayed are taken from the archive of the Saeima (Latvian parliament), the State Archive of Latvia and the archive of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These documents are evidence of the fact that Latvia did exist; it exists at present and that it will exist in the future. They attest that the world is not indifferent to us. These documents have a permanent value since nowadays, independence without support from other countries, is not real independence", considers Minister Pabriks.
Invited to the opening of the exhibition are those employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who participated in the process of the renewal of independence, foreign diplomats, Latvian government officials and other public figures. The exhibition in Riga Gallery will be open for viewing until 7 October.
The Republic of Iceland was the first country to recognise the renewal of Latvia's independence on 22 August 1991. From the moment of adoption of the Constitutional Law until the end of 1991, the renewal of Latvia's independence and its statehood was recognized by 93 countries. Diplomatic relations were renewed and/or established with 45 countries, and the wish to establish diplomatic relations was formally announced by 48 countries. This process is attested by 132 documents.
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