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Lithuanian Youth Supports Estonian Goverment over Monument Dispute

Declaration of Lithuanian non-governmental youth organizations

, by Vaida Česnulevičiute

Lithuanian Youth Supports Estonian Goverment over Monument Dispute

The undersigned Lithuanian non-governmental youth organizations express their support to Estonian government and are concerned about the peaceful settlement of the conflict caused by the removal of the Bronze Soldier statue.

Lithuanian non-governmental youth organizations strongly believe that any state is not allowed to intervene in the internal affairs of another sovereign state, unless it is used as a measure of self-defense or the state violates human rights or is in breach of international law.

The Estonian government’s decision to remove the Bronze Soldier monument is taken with an appropriate respect to history and does not violate the sovereignty of any state. Thus riots in Estonia and undiplomatic Russian diplomacy‘s and its officials reaction makes think about the connection between these events.

The representative of the Lithuanian youth ask:

• Why Russia reacts inadequately to monument‘s and the displacement of the nearby war grave‘s, while wooden monuments of hundred thousands of Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians who died in the exile of the Soviet Union are rotting away and attempts to restore them were met with Russian government‘s interference.

• Why Russian press presents tendentiously the conflict caused by the displacement of the monument and the nearby war grave and in this way contra positioning Russia and the Baltic states?

• Why Russian Duma‘s delegation goes to Estonia to estimate (as they say) the violation of human rights while in Russia peaceful demonstrators opposing government are being arrested?

Lithuanian youth organizations call upon Lithuanian and Latvian governments to support the Estonian government and resist possible provocations to split the unity of the people in the Baltic States.

List of signatory Lithuanian youth organizations:

• The Organization of Lithuanian Young European Federalists

• Young Conservative League

• Scout Association of Lithuania

• Lithuanian Union of Students

• Youth for Exchange and Understanding (Lithuania)

• Project “Encourage the Future”

• Student’s Corporation “RePublica”, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius Universtity

• National Lithuanian Students’ Corporation “Neo-Lithuania”

• Lithuanian Young Socialliberal Union

• Akmene district youth and youth organisations association “Youth round table”

• Utena’s youth organisations council “Round Table”

• Vilnius Liberal Youth organization

• Kaunas Liberal Youth organization

• Ateitis federation


 Soviet war monument in Tallinn, source: Flickr

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