The message of greetings reads, in particular:
“Our peoples are united by longstanding historic ties and by the traditions of mutual respect and partnership. This truly unique experience is relevant and much-needed today. Joint humanitarian projects enable people to develop their talents and abilities, make friends and meet others who share their views. Such projects make a great contribution to our countries’ scientific and education potential, enrich our national cultures and strengthen the bonds of friendship between us.
It is important not only to preserve the best of what the present offers us but also to continue the search for new and even more effective forms of cooperation. The Agreement on Humanitarian Cooperation between the CIS Countries represents a significant step in this direction, opening up broad new opportunities for direct dialogue between public organisations, for exchange of creative ideas and for carrying out major initiatives in the areas of science, education, culture, sports and contacts among young people.
I hope that your congress will do much to encourage the creation of closer ties between non-governmental organisations in the CIS countries and the Baltic states, and that it will facilitate their more active involvement in work to develop humanitarian cooperation.”