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Dutch ambassador on Ventspils: security is the Mayor’s responsibility

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs should not have come forth with rather surprising statements regarding the behaviour of NATO sailors, believes Dutch ambassador in Latvia Hendrik Gerrit Cornelis van den Dool. He criticizes Lemberg’s statements regarding the presence of NATO sailors in Ventspils, including what he said about their role for prostitutes there.

It should be said, however, there have been multiple incidents in Ventspils last week involving sailors who are part of the ‘Open Spirit 2014’ mine-hunting operation. A Dutch sailor was seriously injured and was hospitalized in Ziemelkurzeme Regional Hospital after suffering a blunt force trauma to the head.

Hendrik Gerrit Cornelis van den Dool notes that this particular incident is being investigated by the Military Police and State Police. He added that sides should not announce provocative assumptions until details of what actually happened are uncovered. ‘Neither I, nor Mr. Lembergs were present at the incident,’ – said the diplomat.

‘Many different incidents can occur in Ventspils. However, we should keep in mind that the city’s Mayor is responsible for its security,’ – said the ambassador, noting the state of the 21-year-old Dutch sailor is serious.

The Dutch sailor was hospitalized last Sunday morning. When he was delivered to the hospital, doctors noted a serious head trauma, face injuries and cerebral edema.

The unconscious young man was put in reanimation wing. His current state is ‘serious, but stable’, said deputy head doctor of Ziemelkurzeme Regional Hospital Olafs Kengis.

The sailor was injured not far from some entertainment place in Ventspils. Medical assistance was also provided to other NATO sailors that got into incidents in spite of being told about risks of visiting night clubs in Ventspils. Injuries of other sailors were not serious. After providing them with medical attention, there was no need to keep them in hospital, said deputy head doctor.

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