Croatian President Stipe Mesic, right, looks at former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev as he speaks at a conference marking his 75th birthday and 20th anniversary of his Perestroika reforms in Primosten, Croatia, Saturday Sept. 30, 2006.
The one-day meeting, held in the Croatian coastal town of Primosten, Saturday Sept. 30, 2006. was focusing on 20 years of "perestroika" -- a program of democratic and economic reforms that Gorbachev started in the former Soviet Union.
It was attended by Croatian President Stripe Music, former French and Hungarian foreign ministers Roland Dumas and Janos Martonyi as well as ex-Romanian President Emil Constantinescu.
Former US president George Bush who was also invited addressed the participants through a video broadcast message. Gorbachev's reforms known as perestroika first liberalized and eventually helped the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Gorbachev, who led the Soviet Union during the 1985-1991 periods, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.
A number of VIPs thanked in Primosten the former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev on the political and economic reforms that contributed to the introduction of democracy in the Eastern Europe late in the 20th century. The participants in the celebration of the 75th birthday of the last president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, gathered at the "Zora" Hotel to thank him for "perestroika", including the Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, the former Romanian President Constantinescu, the former Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi, vice president of the European Parliament, Janus Onzsykiewicy from Poland, and the former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas. The birthday celebration ended with a gala dinner and fireworks for over 200 guests at the "Zora" Hotel.
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