September 14, 2010

A Road Less Travelled: Supporting the Independence of the Baltic States

Mr. Jí³n Baldvin Hannibalsson was Foreign Minister of Iceland from 1988 to 1995. Unlike many of his colleagues from small states, Mr. Hannibalsson willingly stationed himself in the front line during the end of the Cold War when he consistently campaigned for the cause of the independence of the Baltic states. This was not a risk-free foreign policy for Iceland as the country had important economic ties with the Soviet Union. It also went against the initial objectives of the major Western powers when it became evident that the Iron Curtain was about to tumble down. But when Iceland had become the first country to recognize the independence of the Baltic states and to establish official diplomatic ties with them, it was soon clear that history was on Mr. Hannibalsson’s side. And this achievement is considered to be one of Iceland’s finest moments in the international arena.

Mr. Jí³n Baldvin Hannibalsson was Foreign Minister of Iceland from 1988 to 1995. Unlike many of his colleagues from small states, Mr. Hannibalsson willingly stationed himself in the front line during the end of the Cold War when he consistently campaigned for the cause of the independence of the Baltic states. This was not a risk-free foreign policy for Iceland as the country had important economic ties with the Soviet Union. It also went against the initial objectives of the major Western powers when it became evident that the Iron Curtain was about to tumble down. But when Iceland had become the first country to recognize the independence of the Baltic states and to establish official diplomatic ties with them, it was soon clear that history was on Mr. Hannibalsson’s side. And this achievement is considered to be one of Iceland’s finest moments in the international arena.


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