- People's Trust
"Europe, and the whole world
as well, have radically changed during the past 25 years. Communism
collapsed, and with it went the Iron Curtain as well as the entire
previous world order based upon the principle of bipolarity.
But one thing has remained unchanged. There still are people
who place their faith in our words, take them seriously, trust
them, and demand that we translate them into action.
"There are places . . . still recovering from the Ice Age
that came with Communism - where people have not lost hope in
the validity of all the fundamental documents on human rights,
beginning with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the
United Nations and ending with the papers which we shall approve
today. Many share the faith that if - with the help of all the
others who espouse democracy - they demand observance of undersigned
intentions or commitments, their fight will be successful in
"We must not disappoint all these people. We must not disappoint
all those who believe our words and declarations, take them seriously,
and invoke them in their quests for freedom and justice. We must
guard, cultivate and enhance the authority of our words.
"By the same token, we must build and strengthen the various
institutional tools that can help us to translate such words
into deeds, or at least, to give effective assistance to all
those who strive to accomplish such in their countries."
President of the Czech Republic, addressing representatives of
the 54 nation states at the 1999 Summit of the OSCE (Organization
for the Security and Cooperation in Europe) which took place
in Istanbul's Jiragan Palace on November 18, 1999.
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