Estonia: Chairs of 6 states' parlt committees discuss cooperation

  • 2020-10-06
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Chairs of the foreign affairs committees of the parliaments of Estonia, Latvia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary discussed issues pertaining to international and regional cooperation at a video meeting on Tuesday.

Topics discussed at the meeting included developments in Belarus, the Armenian-Azerbaijani clashes, occupied eastern Ukraine and opportunities for jointly enhancing regional security, spokespeople for the parliament told BNS.

Chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Estonian parliament Enn Eesmaa said that the current international situation is so multi-layered that cooperation with one's allies in the region is required with regard to a number of issues.

Eesmaa highlighted the role of parliamentary diplomacy in the resolution of international problems.

"It is my opinion that members of our region's parliaments should place at their hearts supporting citizens' initiatives in Belarus," he said.

Eesmaa said he was pleased to hear that his colleagues were favorably disposed towards the virtual summit and forum of the Three Seas Initiative to led by Estonia and scheduled to be held on Oct. 19. 

"We are very happy that the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund has been successfully launched, allowing us to proceed with important interconnectivity projects in the region," he said.

President of the Riigikogu Henn Polluaas, who delivered the opening address at the meeting, said that international cooperation is based on trust. 

"Trust, resilience and connectivity should be the key words for our plans for the future," he said.

Polluaas said that while much has changed in the light of the coronavirus pandemic, core problems remain unchanged. 

"We, the lawmakers, should demand that international law be respected by all members of the global community. The use of brutal force must be condemned and punished regardless the size of the criminal," he added.

Polluaas noted that states are faced today with several common challenges. 

"Traditional Christian values, national identity and discretion of sovereign states -- all of this has largely been called into question over the past few years," the president of the Estonian parliament said.

The meeting was convened by chairs of the foreign affairs committees of the parliaments of Latvia and Poland.