President Dalia Grybauskaitė

The Presidents of Lithuania and Latvia commemorated the Balts Unity Day in New York

Monday, September 24, New York - President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Latvian President Andris Bērziņš, currently attending the debates of the General Assembly of the United Nations, together commemorated the Balts Unity Day and discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation and the underlying projects.

"Lithuanians and Latvians are the only Balts who have survived. Therefore, it is our duty to preserve the Balts' identity, language and culture. We have to defend our interests together. In the thirteenth century we joined forces in the Battle of Saule. Now we must strive together for energy independence and the wellbeing of our people," Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

The President underlined that in many spheres Lithuania and Latvia have the same priorities, in particular in regards to energy security. Only by pooling our efforts, we will be able to implement faster and better the projects of importance for both countries, such as Visaginas NPP, power and gas interconnections with Northern Europe and Poland.

It is in the interest of our two countries to create the regional gas market, ensure alternative gas supply and lower prices. Lithuania is constructing the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal which opens opportunities for Latvia as well - the gas transmission pipeline between Klaipėda and Kuršėnai will enable Lithuania to supply gas to its neighbors. And the Incukalns gas repository in Latvia can become a regional gas bank.

The President will raise the issues of energy security and energy independence also at the debates of the United Nations General Assembly.

Lithuania and Latvia hold the same position in negotiations on the EU's new financial framework. Both countries seek a fairer allocation of payments to the farmers of the old and new member states and the ending of discriminating reduction of structural support.

Lithuania and Latvia, according to the President, have demonstrated their unity a number of times not only in the Baltic Sea region but also in the EU and NATO. Through joint efforts have been adopted decisions on security issues important for the Baltics - approval of the Baltic countries' contingency plans, collective defence guarantees, and extension of the air policing mission for indefinite term. The two countries share the same view on the fiscal compact treaty.

Already in summer, the Presidents of Lithuania and Latvia agreed to contribute personally to cherishing the culture and preserving the identity of the Balts, as well as to commemorate the Balts Unity Days on a larger scale. According to Dalia Grybauskaitė, by developing a new tradition of marking the Balts Unity Day we are strengthening the ties between Lithuanian and Latvian nations. September 22 - the Balts Unity Day - was commemorated by the Ministers of Culture of Lithuania and Latvia and representatives of both nations in Bauska. The Balts  Unity Day marks the victory of the united forces of Samogitians and Semigallians over the Livonian Brothers of the Sword in the Battle of Saule in 1236.
Press Service of the President

Last updated 2012.09.25 07:51