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Mon, 17 Jun, 2013 03:17:56 AM
Foreign and Security talks inaugurated in Kultaranta
FTimes-STT Report, June 17

President Sauli Niinistö on Sunday called upon all concerned not to be dogmatic while discussing over critical issues like human rights, defence and security.

The President made the call to analysts while inaugurating a discussion on “foreign and security policy” at his summer residence in Kultaranta. He also urged the discussants not to be driven by only emotions while criticism on the critical matters like security and rights.

The formal discussion, to be participated by more than 100 experts and analysts, on foreign and security policy of the country, Nordic and European Union and International military alliance NATO, is scheduled to begin on Monday.

‘When the trade and commerce is profitable with the Soviet Union, no body raises the Human Rights and development issues,’ said the president pointing out an example of partial criticism.

He also wondered when people discussed the foreign security policies over joining the Iceland airspace surveillance and joining NATO with sentiment and emotion sidestepping the reality.

Politicians, researchers, policymakers and representatives from government and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) will take part  in the discussions to share their opinions on the issues.

The cabinet committee on Foreign and Security Policy on June 14 finalised the Finnish participation in training on airspace surveillance of Iceland early 2014.

Iceland, a NATO member without its own air force, had asked Finland and Sweden earlier to help the alliance monitor its airspace.

At least six fighter planes and two helicopters along with 55 soldiers will participate the training programmes in January and February.

The President, Sauli Niinistö  on June 8, moved to Kultaranta, the summer residence of the head of the republic, in Naantali on the southwest coast.

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