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Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves expressed his joy at seeing Eston Kohver released and thanked all those involved in ensuring his safe return to Estonia.

"Today we remove the yellow ribbons, which showed support and gave us hope that Eston Kohver, an Internal Security Service official kidnapped from Estonia on September 5 last year, will make it back home," Ilves said. "And now Kohver - a resilient, strong and loyal Estonian official - is back home with his wife and four children."

Ilves thanked all those who worked hard, with great resourcefulness and consistency, for more than a year to have Kohver freed.

He also thanked all allies for their solidarity and support.

"Some of the steps that were taken were very public and visible," Ilves said. "But some, like is always the case with foreign relations when the aim is to find a solution, are only known to the people directly involved."

"When I met Eston Kohver's family in August, I promised them that Estonia is doing everything it can to find a way for Kohver to return home. And that is what it did," Ilves stressed.

Editor: M. Oll



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