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Thursday, 22 May 2008

Presidential Summit in Kiev

On 22 May 2008, President of the Republic of Poland Mr Lech Kaczyński went on a working meeting with President of the Republic of Lithuania Mr Valdas Adamkus in Vilnius.

President of RP took part in a luncheon hosted by the President of Lithuania. After making press statements the Presidents of RP and RL laid flowers at the monument of the victims of Stalinism and then met in Riga for consultations with the Presidents of Latvia and Estonia. After the meeting, the Presidents adopted a Riga Declaration in which they jointly emphasised the democratic nature of the elections in Georgia.



On 23 May 2008, President of RP together with Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia hosted aboard the Polish special plane jointly took off for Kiev to attend the Energy Summit. After the official welcoming, the Presidents took part in the plenary session after which three documents was signed summarising the third running International Energy Summit. The three documents were: joint declaration on the principles of global security and documents defining the concept of the Baltic-Black Sea-Caspian energy association and the activities for the Euro-Asian oil transportation corridor.

The Kiev Summit was attended by seven Presidents: of Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Also representatives of Rumania and Moldavia and of the European Union came to attend the meeting, as well as of Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria and the United States.

Thereupon followed a joint press conference with the participation of Presidents and representatives of states attending the Kiev Summit. At the end of the Summit, the Presidents participated in the official luncheon hosted by President of Ukraine Mr Victor Yushchenko.

Upon completion of the Energy Summit, President Lech Kaczyński of Poland, President Valdas Adamkus of Lithuania, President Valdis Zatlers of Latvia and President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia met with President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia who also attended the Summit. Following the discussion, the Presidents issued a joint statement in which they sought approval of EU Member States for bringing Georgia’s security as one of the issues on the agenda of the nearest European Council in Brussels and also at the special mission of the EU presidency and during the nearest EU-Russia meeting.



At night, President Lech Kaczyński returned from Kiev to Warsaw. On the way back, President Lech Kaczyński hosted on board of the special plane the Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia who were returning to their home countries.
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