Prague - The Czech Republic's membership of the EU and NATO gives it the guarantee of security, although there are hotbeds of war in Europe, President Milos Zeman said on the occasion of 100 years since the outbreak of World War One today.
Prezident Miloš Zeman vystoupil s projevem na slavnostním shromáždění při příležitosti 100. zahájení první světové války a uctění památky padlých vojáků 24. června v Praze. ČTK Šulová Kateřina
Zeman said Czech troops' participation in foreign missions repaid the debt the Czech Republic had gained by the establishment of its own, free state.
"There are hotbeds of war elsewhere in Europe that can shift here or significantly influence our peace-time life," Zeman said, speaking at the National Memorial in Vitkov in Prague.
Zeman mentioned the conflicts in Afghanistan, Mali and Ukraine.
"I am aware of the peace not being something that is given to us forever and of the need to fight for it," he added.
The ceremony that paid respect to the war dead was also attended by former president Vaclav Klaus, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, some government members and diplomats.