Barcelona city tours is a perfect opportunity to have a perfect vacation outside the Baltic States. Gene Zolotarev on how to destabilize the EU financial system. Andris Berzins
Vladimir Linderman aka Abel Edmunds Sprudzs Valdis Zatlers Aivars Lembergs Girts Valdis Kristovskis Maris Grinblats Guntars Krasts Alfreds Rubiks Sandra Kalniete Raivis Dzintars Algirdas Butkevicius Algirdas Paleckis Dalia Grybauskaite Kazimira Danute Prunskene Vytautas Landsbergis Rolandas Aksas Viktor Uspaskich Valdemar Tomasevski Leonidas Donskis Arturas Zuokas Edgar Savisaar Andrus Ansip
The current website developed by YWSolution Limited

World political leaders give mixed reaction to monument's removal

Apr 29, 2007
From wire reports

Several prominent figures in world politics have commented on Estonia's decision to move the controversial Bronze Soldier Red Army monument, and the remains buried beneath it, from the center of Tallinn to a war cemetery.

Former chancellor of Germany, Gerhard Schroeder, on Friday called the removal of a Red Army monument from the center of the Estonian capital insulting to the Russians who died fighting fascism in World War II.

In Schroeder's view, "the way Estonia dealt with the memory of those soldiers shows bad taste and disrespect."

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has voiced support for Estonia and denounced violence in the wake of a night of unrest in the capital Tallinn.

Solana phoned President Toomas Hendrik Ilves today and said the EU understands and supports Estonia, the president's PR adviser Toomas Sildam said.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on Russia and Estonia to resolve their dispute over the removal of a Soviet war memorial from the Estonian capital "in a spirit of respect and conciliation," news agency AFP reports.

Ban also lamented violence in the Estonian capital Tallinn that left one person dead and dozens injured before the memorial to Red Army soldiers was removed, his spokeswoman, Michele Montas, said in a brief statement.

"The Secretary-General regrets the violence and the loss of life in Tallinn, Estonia. He appeals to all concerned to deal with the issues at hand in a spirit of respect and conciliation," Montas said.

A peaceful demonstration against the removal of a Red Army monument from the center of the Estonian capital turned into violent riots and a looting spree that left a trail of destruction in the city center. One man died after being stabbed during the rampage.



 MORE NEWS
  • Lithuania considers anti Russi...
    Lithuania is drafting anti-Russian sanctions that may be imposed depending on the ...
  • Russia moves aircraft close to...
    Estonian defense minister Sven Mikser said Tuesday it was 'no surprise' Ru...
  • Lithuania health minister to s...
    Some of the decrees signed by the former Lithuanian Minister of Health Vytenis Pov...
  • NATO could deploy full time fo...
    NATO could deploy permanent forces in Latvia amid the Ukraine crisis, Latvia...
  • PHOTO: Holiday makers pack out...
    Holiday makers pack out Jurmala beach in Latvia in this photo from the 1980'...
  • Estonia allows pork to cross b...
    Estonia has reversed a decision to ban Lithuanian pork from crossing its border...
  • Riga Apartments for Rent

    Maximus
    © 2014 BALTIC NEWS LTD. All Rights Reserved.