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Murniece: Central Council’s memorandum proved the nation’s greatest desire

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«The memorandum of Latvia’s Central Council proved the nation’s greatest desire – to return to democratic Europe,» said Saeima speaker Inara Murniece at the opening of the conference dedicated to the 73rd anniversary since the approval of Latvia’s Central Council’s memorandum.

«The memorandum of Latvia’s Central Council is one of the brightest examples of the national resistance movement and Latvians’ desire to have their own country. This memorandum proved the nation’s greatest desire – to return to democratic Europe. This document represented the ideals of Latvia’s Central Council – democracy, parliamentary system and opposition against any form of dictatorship,» Murniece said.

She reminded that the memorandum created under occupation during WWII declared the necessity to restore the sovereignty of the Republic of Latvia. This document was mainly addressed to governments of the western allied states.

Latvia’s Central Council was created by Latvian politicians representing ideas of democracy and parliamentary system. Their goal was very specific – uniting patriots in a fight for the restoration of independence and democracy in Latvia, Saeima’s speaker said.

«After the war, Latvia’s Central Council continued its work in exile, maintaining the idea of national resistance. Bloodless resistance continued all the way until the restoration of Latvia’s sovereignty. Some of that resistance was seen during the barricades of 1991,» Murniece added.

In conclusion, the speaker emphasized that Latvia’s Central Council represents a very important page of the country’s history and an example of maintaining loyalty to the home country’s sovereignty and opposing occupational rule of another country.

Latvia’s Central Council, which opposed both occupational regimes, approved the memorandum on 17 March 1944. In it, the council urged immediate restoration of Latvia’s sovereignty. The document was signed by 188 Latvian politicians, cultural and social activists and military representatives. In 2009, the memorandum of Latvia’s Central Council was included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World.

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