: ERR: Estonia interested in being involved in matters of global security

10:37 May. 3, 2016

ERR: Estonia interested in being involved in matters of global security

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 (AP Photo)

Estonian PM says to become UN Security Council's temporary memeber is country's biggest foreign policy goal after the EU presidency

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said in a meeting at the UN's headquarters in New York on Monday (May 2) that Estonia was interested in being involved more in matters of global security, and that one of its biggest foreign policy goals after the EU presidency was becoming a temporary member of the UN Security Council.

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Rõivas said that the phrase "Never again alone" had a very clear meaning to Estonia, and the country not only had to think about its own region and Europe, but play a role in matters of global security as well.

"Only like this will we be able to keep the matters that are important to us on the agenda and be sure that we are heard and that our position is being taken into account," Rõivas said.

Estonia has already demonstrated that there is room for contributions by smaller countries by taking on the responsibility of working out the criteria for the renewed election procedure for the position of the UN's Secretary General. It has worked on the new criteria sharing its responsibility with Costa Rica, another small state.

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The renewed procedure is more transparent. For the first time in 70 years, UN member countries have submitted their candidacies publicly, and there are hearings taking place to find out about the candidates' positions.

"The transparency of the election process is very important to Estonia, as it is in our interest that the new Secretary General of the UN taking office next year is really the best of all candidates and independent in their convictions," Rõivas said.

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