President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor said today at the opening of the monument of Jaan Poska in Kadriorg that Poska as one of the key persons of Tartu Peace Treaty had contributed a lot to the development of our country and was worthy of a monument.
“It has become a tradition in Estonia that before each Independence Day we thank and acknowledge the people who have made our country a better place with their actions,” Eiki Nestor said. “The monument that is unveiled today is erected to a man who has contributed a lot to the emergence of our country, and who therefore deserves our gratitude and recognition.”
Nestor noted that in concluding of the Tartu Peace Treaty, one of the fundamental documents of the Republic of Estonia, the role of Jaan Poska as the head of the Estonian delegation is invaluable.
“But we should also keep in mind his contribution as the Mayor of Tallinn and the Governor of the Governorate of Estonia, when the foundation was laid on which later the Republic of Estonia could be built,” the president of the Riigikogu said. “Let it be creating of the national staff of officials or establishing a new system of law enforcement during those complicated times.”
Today is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jaan Poska. He was the first Estonian to become the Chairman of the City Council of Tallinn. He was also a member of the Constituent Assembly of Estonia and the Chairman of its Constitutional Committee, leading the drafting of the first Constitution of the Republic of Estonia until his untimely death in March 1920.
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