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It is a pleasure and an honor to be here again. I am especially happy to see my dear friend Dr. Matsuura again. We had many intense conversations over the last few years. Most recently we discussed the impact of the global economic crisis on issues close to UNESCO.
 
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Remarks by H.E. Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania, at the 22nd European Meeting of Cultural Journals

 
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Five years ago, Lithuania and nine other countries became part of the big wave of EU enlargement to the East, which was not so long ago separated by the Iron Curtain. Lithuania's belonging to the European Union signifies our final return to the community of democratic free-market nations.
 
Excellency, Dear Professor Arajarvi, Ladies and Gentlemen! I sincerely thank you for the cordial welcome extended to me, my wife Alma and our entire delegation! The meetings that we held today as well as our open and sincere conversations have made us feel among partners and friends.
 
I welcome the organizers of this business forum, members of the Lithuanian and Finnish business communities, and experts in economic politics who have gathered here today to explore new business opportunities between our two countries. I am delighted to greet you in Finland - a country with which our business people have a long history of cooperation. Even the common words in our languages, such as rugiai or laiva, reveal that in the olden times the Finno-Ugric and Baltic tribes that lived on the opposite sides of the Baltic Sea exchanged knowledge and experience about their livelihood: the Finns learned agricultural skills from the Balts, while the Balts learned the essentials of seamanship from the Finns.
 
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I am delighted to be here today and extend my congratulations to all of you who have gathered to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania. Your association can be justly proud of being among the most active foreign chambers of commerce in Lithuania. This is best confirmed by the fact that it presently unites representatives from more than 120 businesses from Great Britain, Lithuania and international enterprises.
 
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Together with you who have lived through the greatest tragedy of the Jewish people, I bow my head before the Holocaust victims. The pain of the Holocaust is also the pain of Lithuania because we lost Lithuanian Jews with whom we had lived together for centuries, suffered together the devastation caused by the occupiers of our land, and together we worked for a more just and more beautiful state. Unfortunately, the historical tradition of our two nations living together in peace was painfully tarnished by those who sold their conscience by collaborating with the Nazis.
 
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Mr. Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Honorable Members of the Seimas Dear Fellow Citizens of Lithuania, This is my last state of the nation address to the people of Lithuania and members of parliament. Next year it will be delivered, as prescribed by the Constitution, by a new head of state in accord with own personal values, principles and viewpoint to Lithuania's present and future life. On many occasions, I have shared with the people of Lithuania my thoughts about the challenges that we face and ways of overcoming them. I had the great honor and responsibility of serving two terms - ten years - as president of independent and democratic Lithuania by the will of its people. It is more than half of almost two decades of our re-independence. Throughout all these years, I spoke and worked as my heart told me to and I performed my duties in compliance with the Constitution, my personal beliefs and for the good of the homeland.
 
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Our two nations share a long history of friendship and cooperation. Since their very establishment, our people have been linked by close and continuous ties. We still remember that six hundred years ago the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas the Great and the Bohemian military commander Jan Žižka together fought and defeated the Teutonic Order in the Battle of Žalgiris (Grunwald). This moment in the history of our two nations has been immortalized in Jan Matejko's painting "The Battle of Grunwald", and its 19th century copy will be displayed here in Prague at the conference of Lithuanian and Czech historians.
 
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Remarks by H.E. Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania,at the Concert of Michel Sogny SOS TALENTS Foundation in Vilnius National Philharmonic Hall
 
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Speech by H.E. Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania, at the Lithuanian-Austrian business forum "Renewable energy resources and energy efficiency"
 
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Remarks by H.E. Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania,
at the Ceremony of Presentation of State Decorations
on the Occasion of Lithuanian Independence Day
 
Speech by H.E. Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania, at the Celebration of Lithuanian Independence Day National Opera and Ballet Theatre
 
 
Remarks by H.E. Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania, at the Ceremony of Presentation of State decorations on the Occasion of Lithuanian Independence Day
 

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