Second forum

APPEAL of Participants of the 2nd Baltic -Black Sea Forum

“Through dialogue to trust and peace” (Kaunas statement)

We, the participants of the 2-nd Baltic-Black Sea Forum, on March 9-10, 2017 gathered in Kaunas for a dialogue on topic “Europe today. The Baltic Consensus of 1987-1991: Historical Importance and Lessons for the Present”.

Our work was based on the Kiev statement, adopted on December 1, 2016 at the 1st forum. The goal of creating new forms of good neighborly responsible peacemaking cooperation through the development of new methods of dialogue and trust, cultivation of values of harmony, mutual respect and consensus has gathered us.

The task of the Forum was to continue formation of new consensus practices grounding on such ways of relationships that are based on a memory culture and overcome the relapse of destructive attitudes towards the common imperial past. The ideological basis of our cooperation became a position expressing our commitment to the values of dignity of individuals and freedom of nations, freedom of countries and dignity of peoples on their way to a new humanism of the 21st century.

We assessed peculiarities and historical role of the Baltic Consensus, which led to restoration of the independence of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. It had been these events that had accelerated the deformation of the Soviet totalitarian system and had culminated in December Belavezha consensus –peaceful collapse of the empire. The discussion had enabled the formulation of a program for further research of the historical and cultural foundations and political and legal features of the period.

An important result of the forum was the initiative to create a “Dialogue of Universities”, primarily among the countries of the Baltic-Black Sea area, including organization and holding of the annual contest “Europe: through dialogue to consensus, trust and peace”. The “Dialogue of Universities” platform will significantly enrich our understanding of modern consensus practices features and ensure the synthesis of experience of the Council of Wise Elders with the advanced modern system of scientific knowledge, anticipating contradictions between the countries and, on this basis, formation of the new Europe – without wars and annexations.

We strongly advocate peace in modern Europe and the global community, guided by the principles of dignity, openness, responsibility, consensus and creativity.

We are convinced that, by joining forces, in modern conditions nations of the Baltic-Black Sea space are able to develop a new methodology and practice of moral assessment of the past, of effective transformation of the present and of creation of a worthy future.

People are waiting, and it is our common goal to promote, on the basis of the joint action platform, the formation of such a system of values, that will provide mutual understanding and mutual support, timely and fruitful dialogue of ideas and people, generations and world views, nations and states.

Valdas Adamkus, President of Lithuania (1998-2009)

Gennady Burbulis, Secretary of the RSFSR (1991-1992)

Lech Walesa, President of Poland (1990-1995)

Valdis Zatlers, President of Latvia (2007-2011)

Alexander Kwasniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005)

Bronislaw Komorowski, President of Poland (1995-2005)

Leonid Kravchuk, President of Ukraine (1991-1994)

Leonid Kuchma, President of Ukraine (1994-2004)

Vitaustas Landsbergis, The Head of the Lithuanian State (1992, 1996-2000)

Petru Lucinschi, President of Moldova (1996-2001)

Arnold Ruutel, The President of Estonia (2001-2006)

Stanislav Shushkevich, The Head of the Supreme Council of Belarus (1991-1994)

Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine (2005-2010)