Embassy of Latvia hosts several events to celebrate 20th anniversary of renewal of diplomatic relations with the Czech Republic

12.09.2011. 18:54
On September 9th, 2011 Latvia marks 20 years since the joint Declaration on the restoration of diplomatic relations with the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic was signed. With this Declaration the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic recognized the restoration of Latvian independence. (in 1991 Czech and Slovak Republic were one country, they split on January 1, 1993). The Declaration was signed in Tallinn by the Latvian First Deputy Foreign Minister Mārtiņš Virsis and the Czech Foreign Minister Jiří Dienstbier.

To celebrate this anniversary, the Embassy of Latvia posted a copy of the Declaration in Latvian, Czech and English. 

Jiří Dienstbier, who passed away in January 2011 was an important personality who not only contributed to the fall of communism and the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the Czech Republic, but was also the Foreign Minister of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic from 1989 to 1992, who contributed to the re-unition of Europe.

The International recognition of Latvian independence was based on the Constitutional Law of the Latvian Supreme Council „About the statehood of the Republic of Latvia”, that had been accepted on August 21, 1991. The first country to recognize Latvia’s independence already on August 22 was Iceland. The continuation was very steep – during the months of August and September more than 70 countries supported Latvia’s independence and by the end of the year they were 94 countries.

In honour of the 20th anniversary of the Latvian and Czech diplomatic relations the Embassy of Latvia in Prague came up with the iniciative to hold a joint conference of the Baltic states and the Visegrad group countries on current issues in the EU. The conference will be opened on 8 November.   

In addition to this in October and November the Embassy of Latvia will hold lectures at the Charles University in Prague and the Masaryk University in Brno. Ambassador Kaspars Ozoliņš will host lectures on the restoration of the indepence of Latvia and on current political issues.