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Estonia tests glasnost and perestroika



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i v ed: : a re: ^ ease JOHN SPENDER QC MP ■ PHONE 062 727061 / 029292969

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ... COMMONWEALTH Ί

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ESTONIA TESTS GLASNOST AND PERESTROIKA

The public re-assertion by the peoples of the Baltic States, most strikingly the Estonians, of their rights to nationhood and autonomy is the first real test of glasnost and perestroika.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were invaded, annexed and had their independence abrogated by the illegal actions of the Soviet Union in the last w a r .

The illegal annexation of these historic Baltic countries is not recognised by Australia, or by most leading Western nations.

The overwhelming desire of the people in these captive nations is to regain national self respect and independence. This must not be denied.

If Mr. Gorbachev is serious when he speaks of the rights of people, he will accede to the just and historic demands of the Estonian people, and the peoples of the other Baltic States.

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12 September 1988