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Baltic deportations statement

MEPs commemorated the 1941 deportations from the Baltic states during a statement from president European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek on 6 June 2011.

14 June marks the 70th anniversary of the mass deportation of thousands of people who were exiled to Siberia during Soviet rule.

More than 30,000 people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were sent to prison camps under the orders of Joseph Stalin.

Tunne Kelam, an Estonian MEP, highlighted the deep psychological trauma experienced by the victims, while Latvian MEP Roberts Zile urged the European Commission to carry out an investigation into the deportations.

The Baltic republics regained their independence from the Soviet Union 20 years ago and joined the European Union in May 2004.

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