Moldova’s top leadership, incumbent and former parliamentarians, participated today, June 23, in a wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of Stephen the Great to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Declaration of Sovereignty.
Acting President Mihai Ghimpu extended his gratitude to all the people who in the late 1980′ started the liberation movement, which eventually led to the proclamation of sovereignty in 1990 and independence one year later. The Declaration of Sovereignty was the first document to establish the Republic of Moldova’s right to be governed by her own laws.
“The day of June 23 is of utmost importance (…) for being the first crucial victory of the democratic forces in the fight for the national revival and liberation”, stated Moldova’s first president Mircea Snegur.
Chisinau Mayor Dorin Chirtoaca has said that despite being 12 years old at that time, he remembers very clearly the emotions of all the citizens of Moldova when she embarked on the path toward sovereignty and independence. “It is a shame that this sovereignty had been marginalized by the former governments. Today Moldova isn’t one hundred percent sovereign, either, since her citizens flee abroad”, said Dorin Chirtoaca.
After the ceremony, the officials gathered for a festive session of Parliament at the National Opera House at 10:00. According to the agenda, speeches will be delivered by Speaker Mihai Ghimpu, Prime Minister Vlad Filat, Moldova’s first president Mircea Snegur, and other incumbent and former dignitaries.