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President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Henn Põlluaas said on the anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty today that Tartu Peace Treaty was the birth certificate of the Republic of Estonia, which laid the foundation for the sovereignty of Estonia.

“It is a confirmation of the legal continuity of our state, but not only that,” Põlluaas emphasised. “The Tartu Peace Treaty is also a political and moral victory of our country, which laid the foundation for our statehood.”

Põlluaas recalled that although the Peace Treaty had not been born easily, it became the basis for the independence and integrity of Estonia. “After the harsh War of Independence, it was important that the security of our people was ensured, and that no sacrifice made during the war or no fight fought for homeland were in vain,” Põlluaas said.

Põlluaas underlined that we had to emphasise constantly also today that the Tartu Peace Treaty was not just a historical document. “The continuity of the Republic of Estonia has not been interrupted, the Tartu Peace Treaty is still in force in 2021. All attempts of the other party of the Treaty to distort that fact are a confirmation of our great victory both on the battlefields and at the negotiations on the conditions of the treaty, and of our diplomatic skills. We have a lot to learn from this also today,” Põlluaas said.

Põlluaas believes the anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty is a day that glorifies the honour and national dignity of Estonia. “It is a day that marks Estonia’s joining the international family of free countries,” Põlluaas said. History has shown that high-principled aims have brought the greatest victories to our people and to our country. I wish we would governed by the ideal of independent and sovereign Estonia also today. Then we can look forward to many great victories. Long live Estonia!”

The President of the Riigikogu will attend the commemoration of the Tartu Peace Treaty held at the Town Hall Square of Tartu today at 6.30 p.m.

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