Ladies and Gentlemen,
When I addressed this assembly last year, foremost on our minds was the state of European and global security. The blatant violation of international law and the occupation of Ukrainian territory that we witnessed in the spring 2014 triggered a profound change in the global security situation. A year later, we are still adapting to this altered, more unpredictable state of affairs.
As we continue to tackle global challenges including terrorism, climate change, poverty and human rights violations, the number of conflicts and crises worldwide continues to grow. We also witnessed a positive development recently. Let us hope that the historic agreement on the Iran nuclear programme will pave the way towards more stability in the broader Middle East. It is a region where conflicts in Syria and Libya have led to the radicalisation of an ever greater number of people and to the emergence of ISIL. It poses a serious threat to peace and security in Syria, Iraq and the broader Middle East. ISIL violates universal human values. No country is immune from the threat that it poses. Stopping it, and other terrorist organisations, requires a global effort. Estonia supports the international coalition against ISIL. We believe that the UN and its Global Counter Terrorism Forum also have an important role to play.
"It is with great pain and sadness that I received news of the death of Árpád Göncz, a great democrat, courageous citizen and the first free head of state of Hungary post communist oppression," wrote President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in a letter of condolence sent to his Hungarian counterpart, János Áder.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves today paid a visit to Eston Kohver, the Estonian Internal Security Police official who was kidnapped from the territory of the Republic of Estonia, kept in prison in Russia for just over a year and returned home ten days ago.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves opened "Estonia ICT Day – Digitally Smart Solutions for Sustainable Development" yesterday at the World Bank; Estonian representatives of the private and public sectors introduced our e-solutions at the event.