Texto integral da intervenção do Premier da Bermuda, Michael Dunkley, proferida hoje, em Ponta Delgada, na cerimónia de assinatura do Memorando de Entendimento entre o Governo dos Açores e o Governo da Bermuda:
“On behalf of the Government of Bermuda I am truly honoured and delighted to participate in this historical event for both our countries.
We view the Azores as a very important partner of Bermuda, and with today’s signing of the Memorandum of Understanding we have strengthened our centuries old relationship.
Our two countries have very deep and significant bonds which connect us, cultural, historical, familial, agricultural and commercial, so it is only fitting that we solidify our partnership with today’s event.
In Bermuda, we have an incredibly vibrant Portuguese and Azorean community and they express their heritage with deep pride and passion. The contribution of the Azorean community to our Island over the centuries has been immeasurable.
You have left a lasting legacy on Bermuda’s cultural enrichment and our economic and social development and we are grateful for your contribution in helping to shape our history.
In addition to our traditional bonds, we also have common challenges due to our insular geography.
Your willingness to become signatory of the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea should be roundly commended as it speaks to your commitment to our partnership.
During our visit we look forward to discussing and exploring additional opportunities that will mutually benefit and strengthen our two countries.
Today is truly an historic occasion. We have fortified our bond of friendship and laid the foundation for greater things to come.
In closing, I want to take this opportunity on behalf of my colleagues to thank you for your gracious welcome and hospitality, and know that we are very eager see more of your beautiful country during our stay.