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    Investigation and prosecution of crimes of totalitarian regimes has been insufficient in some countries – foreign ministers

    RIGA, Aug 23 (LETA) – Unfortunately, the practice of investigating and prosecuting the crimes of totalitarian regimes has been insufficient and inconsistent across countries, said the joint statement of the Baltic, Polish and Romanian foreign ministers to mark the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Latvijas Avize daily reported.

    The joint statement has been signed by Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity), Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and Romanian Foreign Minister Ramona Manescu.

    The ministers reminded that August 23 marks the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany that sparked the Second World War and doomed half of Europe to decades of misery. The Pact contained the secret protocol, which effectively carved up Eastern Europe into spheres of influence.

    “This is why, on this day proclaimed by the European Parliament as a European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes, we remember all those whose deaths and broken lives were a consequence of the crimes perpetrated under the ideology of Nazism and Stalinism. Pain and injustice will never fall into oblivion. We will remember,” the minister said.

    The ministers said that remembering and commemorating past horrors gives us the knowledge and strength to reject those who seek to revive these ideologies or who seek to exonerate these ideologies of their crimes and culpability. The memory of the victims compels us to promote historical justice by continuing research and raising public awareness of the totalitarian legacy on the European continent.

    “The basis for sustainable conciliation and building a common future is justice and objective truth. Victims of totalitarian crimes have a right to justice. Unfortunately, the practice of investigating and prosecuting the crimes of totalitarian regimes has been insufficient and inconsistent across countries,” the ministers said.

    “We call upon the governments of all European countries to provide both moral and material support to the ongoing historical investigation of the totalitarian regimes. By acting in a concerted manner, we can counter more effectively disinformation campaigns and attempts to manipulate historical facts,” the statement goes.

    The ministers underscore that the countries must stand together against totalitarianism. A clear and firm position of the international community will pave the way to further reconciliation.

    “We are confident that today's Europe is a safe place for all peoples, and ready to resolutely resist any kind of injustice. We believe that Europeans will never tolerate totalitarianism or genocide against any people,” they said.

    The foreign ministers reminded that Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania have been reborn as free and democratic nations after decades of totalitarian rule. “Thirty years ago, our nations started the democratic transformations that eventually made us equal and vigorous members of the European Union. Our countries are determined to continue working with our partners in Europe and around the world so that the horrors of the past never re-emerge," the ministers said in the joint statement.

    • Published: 23.08.2019 08:50
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