SPEECHES OF THE PEOPLES' REPRESENTATIVES
member of the Consultative committee of the Finno- Ugrian
Bur lun, dona yorttez!
Komi-Pennyatskoy delegatsiya nimsany sölömsany
privetstvuyta eta zalyn finno-ugorsköy otirlis poslannikkezös.
Kosya, med vil pantasyöm odzlany krepitis miyan oitir kolasyn
ertasyom da vezhor!
Dear friends! On behalf of the Komi-Permian delegation I should
like to greet the envoys of the Finno-Ugrian peoples in this hall.
I wish that this new meeting strengthens friendship and mutual
understanding among us.
It is rather justified that after 4 years we together evaluate
the way passed after the Budapest forum. We need to choose all
out of the experience accumulated that will allow us to develop
good-neighbourly relations and preserve a mutual interest in the
What does the Finno-Ugrian cooperation give to the Komi-Permians?
I think that a significant part of my country-fellows can answer
First of all, several structures of scientific institutions -
a social sciences' department of the Komi scientific centre, the
Kudymkar institute (a branch of the Udmurt state university) -
appeared in the region as a result of cooperation with the kindred
peoples. The work of these institutions significantly changes
the situation in our region. In the last 10 years 9 persons proved
their theses on problems of language, history and ethnography.
In the present moment some 30 persons do their post-graduate studies
in Syktyvkar, Izhevsk and Perm.
Disciplines on history, language and culture of the native land
and the kindred peoples are included in the curriculum of the
Kudymkar institute, a branch of the Udmurt university. Unknown
moments of those disciplines are subject to scientific research
of teachers and students. In the last 4 years four volumes of
scientific papers are published on the results of scientific-practical
conferences. In the framework of state programs adopted in Finland,
Hungary and Estonia the best students from Kudymkar received a
possibility to continue their education at universities of Budapest,
Tallinn and Helsinki.
We think that the work carried on will significantly influence
the formation of our nation and substantially enrich its intellectual
In the last 4 years a process of identification of the Komi-Permians
as a constituent part of the Finno-Ugrian community went on. It
was to a great extent facilitated by the activities of the Consultative
committee. The participation of our people at conferences, festivals
and exhibitions which were organized under the auspices and with
the assistance of this international organization furthered a
deeper knowledge of our own historical roots and cultural traditions.
In this case, we had possibility of comparing them with achievements
of the kindred nations.
The following events, in our opinion, can be singled out as the
most important: a scientific-practical conference on problems
of language in Yoshkar-Ola, a Congress of the Finno-Ugrian writers
in Syktyvkar, a seminar of mass media workers in Finland, folklore
festivals in Udmurtia, Estonia and Hungary etc. An international
children's camp Szombathely (Hungary), children camps in Izhevsk,
Syktyvkar and Yoshkar-Ola that are organized during many years
allow to transfer the cooperation onto the level of personal contacts.
All this taken together is a brilliant example of the peoples'
diplomacy in action.
In the last 4 years positive shifts occurred in cooperation in
the field of mass media of the Finno-Ugrian nations. A program
of publication of a TV and radio magazine "The Finno-Ugrian
world" that is realized jointly elicits a warm response among
televiewers and listeners. At the same time, it is advisable that
the press does not keeps out of this and that the news becalms
regular in their pages as well. This wish I direct to a new composition
of the Consultative committee. I hope that this aspect of the
cooperation will be subject of a detailed discussion at the section
With satisfactions we state on the rostrum of this forum that
seeds of friendship among the kindred peoples sowed many years
ago in Syktyvkar give good shoots now. In the last years the cooperation
more often goes from the humanitarian sphere to those of inter-regional
A concrete example of such cooperation is the beginning of the
construction of a motor-way Penn-Kudymkar-Syktyvkar. We associate
great expectancies in the dynamic progressive development of the
economy of the native land also with the beginning of the construction
of a railway line Perm-Kudymkar-Syktyvkar-Arkhangelsk that began
in 1999. The realization of these projects develops a possibility
of closer contacts among our peoples both in a direct and a figurative
sense, thus decreasing the age-old distances. These projects demand
both the help of the state and of private investors. We hope that
potential investors of countries and nations present in this hall
will an interest in them.
Dear delegates! Many a form of international and inter-regional
cooperation which I mentioned were possible thanks to the official
support of different countries.
I should like to express our gratitude from this rostrum to Presidents
and governments of the Russian federation, Finland, Hungary and
Estonia. Their participation renders the contacts among our peoples
stronger and furthers mutual understanding among our countries.
In the 21st century the Finno-Ugrian peoples will have to settle
side by side with other nations both common, global problems connected
with ecology and rational use of natural resources and special
ones related to the preservation of languages and cultures of
small nations. We have still a lot of problems but it is clear
that it is only a teamwise and near daily work and a close interaction
of social organization with bodies of authority that allows us
to achieve a deserving and prosperous life for our peoples.
Thank you for your attention!
Source: III World Congress of
the Finno-Ugrian Peoples. Helsinki, 2000 [Joshkar-Ola, 2001],