Ladies and gentlemen, especially those of you who were here in this very room 25 years ago,
I too was allowed by a foreign power to come to Estonia at that time and be here in this room alongside you. My good friend Juhan Kristjan Talve, on the other hand, was not allowed to return to his homeland.
The movement of citizens' committees and the Congress of Estonia set the country a clear goal and launched it on a fixed course 25 years ago – to be a steadfast part of a free and democratic world, and to respect human rights and lawfulness. We are still maintaining that course, and it has guaranteed us lasting and successful development.
In electing the Congress of Estonia our people sent out a very clear signal for the restoration of independence.
Music, rock and punk included, is essentially the opposite to power, said President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in his speech today at the opening of Tallinn Music Week.
Today in Kadriorg President Toomas Hendrik Ilves accepted credentials from the Ambassador of Canada, Alain Hausser. The Ambassador of Canada resides in Riga.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves expresses his condolences to the next of kin of passengers who died, following the crash today of a Germanwings Airbus A320 passenger airplane in the southern French Alps.