§EO9-1. (No. 100-91) [Vermont-Karelia Sister State Relationship

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EO9-1. (No. 100-91) [Vermont-Karelia Sister State Relationship

WHEREAS, the

State of Vermont (hereinafter "Vermont") has initiated efforts to

promote personal ties of friendship and commercial relations between Vermont

and the Karelian Autonomous Republic (hereinafter "Karelia"), and

WHEREAS, Vermont

recognizes the profound differences in the histories, societies and governments

of Vermont and Karelia, and desires to achieve a more peaceful world through

greater dialogue and understanding among people of different countries, and

WHEREAS, an

Agreement to encourage and develop personal ties and commercial relations

between Vermont and Karelia (hereafter "the Vermont-Karelia

Agreement," a copy of which is attached hereto), was executed by Madeleine

M. Kunin, Governor of Vermont and Kuzma F. Filatov, former President of Karelia,

on September 9, 1989,

NOW, THEREFORE,

I, Madeleine M. Kunin, Governor of the State of Vermont, by virtue of the

authority vested in me by the Constitution and the statutes of this state, do

hereby direct that:

1) A

"Sister State Relationship" is formally established by Resolution

J.R.H. #129 adopted by the General Assembly in 1990 (a copy of which is

attached hereto) between the State of Vermont of the United States of America

and the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic of the Union of Soviet

Socialist Republics to implement the Vermont-Karelia Agreement.

2) The Sister

State Relationship shall exist to encourage and develop official and unofficial

exchanges, contacts, and joint projects in the fields of agriculture, child

care, culture and performing arts, education, environment, forestry, health

care, information and journalism, language, law, legislation, sports, tourism,

and other areas.

3) A Sister

State Advisory Group shall be established to develop and carry out the

exchanges, contacts, and joint projects resulting from them.

4) The Sister

State Advisory Group shall be appointed by the Governor, and shall consist of

fifteen members including two representatives from the General Assembly, three

representatives from State agencies, departments or boards, one member from the

Governor's Office, and nine representatives from the private sector. Members

shall be chosen on the basis of their interest in and special expertise with

respect to the exchanges, contacts, and projects developed to implement the

Vermont-Karelia Agreement.

5) The duties of

the Sister State Advisory Group shall be:

a) To encourage

and promote exchanges, contacts, and joint projects between Vermont and

Karelia.

b) To hold

regular meetings and to review and collaborate on any exchanges, contacts, and

joint projects in which the members are involved or interested.

c) To seek

private funding for the Sister State Relationship.

d) To advise and

report annually to the Governor and the General Assembly on matters relating to

the Sister State.

6) The

representatives from State agencies and departments shall provide

administrative support and make available the resources of their agencies and

departments by providing volunteers and in kind contributions.

7) This order

shall take effect immediately.

 

Dated January 7,

1991.

 

JOINT

STATEMENT OF INTENTIONS

 

At the

invitation of Governor Madeleine M. Kunin, the Chairman of the Presidium of the

Supreme Soviet Kuzma F. Filatov and a delegation from the Karelian Autonomous

Soviet Socialist Republic of the USSR visited the State of Vermont, of the

United States of America, from the 5th to the 9th of September, 1989.

Included in the

delegation were the First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers Lenian P.

Kitsa, the Vice Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet Vladislav V.

Petukhov, Deputy Education Minister Valentina P. Makara and Vladimir G.

Prozorov, chief of the English faculty of the Karelian Pedagogical Institute

and interpreter of the delegation.

The delegation's

visit was in return for the visit of Governor Kunin and a delegation from the

State of Vermont to the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, November

27-December 1, 1988.

Chairman of the

Presidium Filatov and the Karelian delegation visited Montpelier September 6,

conferred with members of the Legislature, inspected a variety of industries,

educational and health establishments and acquainted themselves with daily life

in Vermont.

The visit of the

Soviet guests reinforced the conviction of both sides that a new constructive

dialogue and openness is developing in relations between the United States of

America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as a result of the decision

of President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail S. Gorbachev at their

1985 summit meeting to encourage people-to-people exchanges.

Both sides

confirmed their desire to encourage friendly ties, develop contacts between

counterpart organizations and institutions, and encourage businesslike

relations between the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic and the

State of Vermont on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

Both sides,

recognizing differences in their historic development, express their desire to

enter into greater dialogue and mutual understanding in the interest of peace.

Both sides

jointly declared that a state of friendship exists, in practice, between the

State of Vermont and the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, and

that a foundation has been laid for the creation of sister-state relations

between the State of Vermont and the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist

Republic.

Both sides

agreed to encourage and develop exchanges, official as well as unofficial,

between the Republic and the State. These would involve short-term exchanges of

citizens, teachers, students, local and state officials and others.

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________             __________________________

 

Kuzma F. Filatov,

Chairman                      Madeleine M.

Kunin, Governor

of the Presidium

of the                              State of Vermont

Supreme Soviet

of the Karelian

Autonomous

Soviet Socialist

Republic
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