Kaljurand: Diplomatic experience develops good sense of how to intervene

Current Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand. (Postimees/Scanpix)
5/20/2016 3:32 PM
Category: News

Potential presidential candidate and current Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand considers the role of president to be a beacon in the country, who should intervene if the gaps between government, parliament and the people should grow.

Speaking to Estonian daily Postimees, Kaljurand stated that if the people find that the Estonian Government and the Riigikogu are behaving badly, then it is the president toward whom they look.

“They must inspire confidence, a sense of justice and a sense of security, and be a defender of Constitutional rights,” noted the minister. “The people look to them, and they intervene.”

According to Kaljurand, her 25 years of experience as a diplomat have given her a good sense of how to intervene if necessary — whether to say something publicly, and loudly, or consult.

“Sometimes public stigmatization and cricisim is not beneficial for anyone,” explained Kaljurand. “In diplomacy, a good deal of work is done behind the curtains — behind closed doors — and they only come out once a solution is found.”

The foreign minister is of the opinion that the president should not be a member of any one political party, as the president should be a cross-party entity. At the same time, however, all four Estonian presidents thus far have been member of one or another party, which has not hampered any of them from rising to become cross-party presidents.

“Would I be able to handle it? I have no doubt about it,” confirmed Kaljurand.

The presidential hopeful wrote in Estonian daily Eesti Päevaleht that she wants to help create and provide a sense of security — whether things happened to be unstable internationally or domestically, and that in her opinion, the president has a big role as one of the factors shaping the country’s “spiritual atmosphere.”

She added, however, that this sense of security could not exclusively come from the pulpit in Sunday sermons, but rather should be shared in meeting people, and by speaking, listening, and responding.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand announced in late April that she would be willing to run in Estonia’s presidential elections this year.

Editor: Aili Sarapik

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