PERMANENT MISSION OF THE
REPUBLIC OF LATVIA
TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Speech by Ambassador
Dr. Janis Priedkalns.
May 15th, 2000
On the ocassion of the Award of The International Raoul
Wallenberg Foundation's Honorary Membership and 'Homage
to Raoul Wallenberg's sculpture to Her Excellency, Dr.
Vaira Vike-Freiberga, the President of Latvia, on 15th
May 2000, the Permanent Representative of Latvia to the
United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Janis Priedkalns,
welcomes the Representatives of the Wallenberg Foundation
to the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations
in New York.
Your Excellency, Distinguished
Representatives of The International Raoul Wallenberg
Foundation, Distinguished Guests, Honorable Members of
the President's Delegation and of the Latvian Diplomatic
It is indeed an honour
to welcome you at the Latvian Mission to the United Nations.
The goal of the representation of any state at the United
Nations is to bring one's nation, one's country into the
global community, to measure one's inherent strengths,
cultural heritage and religious values in a global context
and with these values to enrich the global community.
It is therefore appropriate to present the esteemed Raoul
Wallenberg award and the Foundation's honorary membership
at a Mission to the United Nations. The award is given
to eminent statespersons who, while cherishing their own
cultural and religious identities, have also been sensitive
to and appreciative and supportive of the identities,
contributions and heritage of others.
The life story of
Baruch Tenembaum, the Founder of the Wallenberg Foundation,
clearly depicts these ideals. Cherishing his Jewish identity
and an Argentine cultural heritage, he has raised Jewish-Christian
values of understanding, cooperation, tolerance to a new
level of reality. He has built bridges between societies
and between religions, he has engaged in ecumenical dialogue.
There is much more in common than what separates the Christian,
Jewish and Moslem faiths. There are good men and women
at the United Nations engaged in a constructive spiritual
dialogue, concerned with encouranging solidarity, respect
and understanding among peoples. Both the Jewish and Latvian
nations are part of this constructive dialogue, of the
brotherhood and sisterhood of nations that the 'Homage
to Raoul Wallenberg' award to the President of Latvia
Dr. Janis Priedkalns
Permanent Mission of the
Republic of Latvia to the