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European Day of Languages - 26 September 2010

Statement by Antonio Miloshoski, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Respect for others’ languages, cultures and identities is a precondition for creating a European space for mutual respect and cooperation in Europe, said Minister Miloshoski, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

On the occasion of the annual European Day of Languages celebrated throughout the Council of Europe's 47 member states, he stressed that:  “Linguistic intolerance and insecurity are best countered through language learning and intercultural understanding, or 'compréhension' in French, or 'skilningur' in Icelandic, or 'mõistmine' in Estonian, or 'tuiscint' in Irish, or 'zrozumienie' in Polish or 'razbiranje' in Macedonian.”

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