President Pahor at Tromejnik: “A better future will not pass us by if we consciously and responsibly strive for peace, sustainable development, harmonious co-existence and friendship.”
Ljubljana, 26. 5. 2015 | press release, speech
The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr Borut Pahor, the Federal President of the Republic of Austria, Dr Heinz Fischer, and the President of Hungary, Mr János Áder, today attended an event marking the European Day of Parks at Tromejnik tripoint. The celebration, which provides an opportunity to further strengthen the good neighbourly relations and cooperation between three peoples, their minorities and their states, was organised by the management of the nature park extending into all three countries, comprising the Goričko Landscape Park, the Raab Natural Park and the Őrség National Park.
Photo: Daniel Novaković/STA
The cultural programme of the event included a performance by pupils from schools in Sankt Martin an der Raab and Oberzemming in Austria, Öriszentpeter in Hungary, and Kuzma and Prosenjakovci in Slovenia, who afterwards accompanied President Pahor on his way to Tromejnik. The three presidents then addressed the participants.
The Slovenian President first greeted the Austrian and Hungarian Presidents and offered a warm welcome to the young Europeans from Slovenia, Austria and Hungary “who will together build a peaceful and successful future”. “This is our responsibility, since we are the leaders of three neighbouring nations and states,” said President Pahor, adding that the three Presidents would work towards peaceful and successful relations between neighbours, bonds of friendship and such solutions to problems that “will enable us to leave an even better legacy for our children than the inheritance handed down by our parents”.
With joint effort and by building and prioritising noble things that enrich us, we must preserve our friendship and harmonious co-existence, especially as fate brought us to this beautiful part of the old continent, said Mr Pahor. He went on to stress that sustainable development and nature are a common priority of the Slovenian, Austrian and Hungarian Presidents.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA
In conclusion, Mr Pahor thanked all those who work to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the park that connects three nations. “A better future will not pass us by if we consciously and responsibly strive for peace, sustainable development, harmonious co-existence and friendship. We all deserve it, you children above all,” he added.
Following the formal part of the celebration, the Presidents visited stalls offering local products from Slovenia, Austria and Hungary and the Slovenian Model Farm at Gornji Senik, where they were joined by the Slovenian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Mr Dejan Židan, and the Minister for Slovenians Abroad, Mr Gorazd Žmavc.