Kaljulaid: Estonia strictly secular state, which adds to its security ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

President Kersti Kaljulaid thinks the proposed extension of military surveillance is not constitutional.
President Kersti Kaljulaid thinks the proposed extension of military surveillance is not constitutional. Source: mil.ee

President Kersti Kaljulaid, commenting in light of the Monday night terrorist attack in Manchester, said that Estonia as a strictly secular state does not have to worry too much about terrorism in the homeland.

"Our Estonia is a secular state and there is room for everyone here," Kaljulaid told ERR's radio news. "As we know, we have not thus far encounted such problems that individuals with different religions are unable to communicate normally with one another. Rather, we have contrasting examples regarding our various communities of faith.

"I believe that precisely the fact that Estonia is a strictly secular state ensures us such a situation in which we do not have to worry too much about such things in our homeland — save for the fact, of course, that we are also part of the Schengen Area," she added.

According to the Estonian president, in order to ensure that the Schengen Area is secured, it has already been decided that a proper information system will be implemented. "We will know in the future who is in and who is out — there is no better solution," she commented.

"Any sort of debate over whether to allow anyone at all to move around Europe or not on the grounds of some kind of criteria is fruitless, really," said Kaljulaid.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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