Estonia Celebrates 95th Anniversary of Its Independence
28 February, 2013
Estonia Celebrates 95th Anniversary of Its Independence
February 24, is the 95th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Estonia. It was actually celebrated on February 26 (perhaps, due to the weekend), at Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel.
His Excellency, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to Georgia Mr. Priit Turk opened the evening with his speech: “I was convinced that Georgia does love Estonia, as does the Estonian weather for the last three days,” he joked.”Continuous independent period in our history is only 21
years’, seven months’ and seven days’ long. So I think this country itself expresses how precious our independence is for us. To preserve independence of a small country like Estonia or like Georgia, its people have to be more united, care more about each other than maybe, in bigger countries. It’s clear that everyone counts if we want to last. By supporting each other and seeing every citizen as a source of country’s mutual success has taken Estonia forward and made Estonia stronger. As in the family, security starts from inside the family. Only then, anyone will become strong against challenges from outside. We know that these recent months have been specially challenging for Georgia in finding your internal unification ways and shared understanding. Although, some people may be skeptical, I am positive that for the sake of future of democratic and prosperous Georgia, you will succeed. Let me assure you that Estonian government and Estonian people care a lot about Georgia’s future. We wish Georgia to become a formal member of the European family. I believe that along this troublesome road the ties between our two countries are getting even closer. In this regard, thanks to its experience, Estonia has many things to share with Georgia along its way to the European Union and NATO. Our door is open. Let me also thank Georgia for being an excellent host for our fellow Estonians, some of whom have lived here for some time. Many of them are here tonight, including myself and my family. Therefore, let me thank you for coming to celebrate with us this important occasion and except weather-related issues, I wish to us both more rewarding relations between Estonia and Georgia for the years to come,” Mr. Priit ended his speech with a joke.
After that, the key surprise of the event – Tobias, Ambassador’s 8 years old son, performed the National Anthem of Estonia; he was accompanied by the Estonians nationals attending the event. Correspondingly, a Georgian girl performed the National Hymn of Georgia. Strange as it seems, some of the ambassadors accredited in Georgia accompanied her not only by humming the tune but also by pronouncing Georgian words.
The soiree continued until late night. It was attended by diplomats, Georgian political elite and representatives of Georgian media.

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