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Vejonis: two coalition parties are using refugee matter to raise ratings

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTwo of the coalition parties are using the refugee matter to raise their political ratings, said President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis. In regard to the resettlement of refugees in Latvia, Vejonis explains that politicians and society both lack information on what should be done with people who are given refugee status; how these people should be integrated in society, etc.

Vejonis mentions that there are many questions that have no answers at the moment.

«I have made the decision to use all tools at my disposal as President of Latvia to issue a clear order. There has to be clarity in our actions – we need to know what we intend to do with asylum seekers,» – said Vejonis in his interview to Latvijas Radio, adding that the plan should be prepared within two weeks’ time.

The President admits that the saddest fact about this whole situation is that some parties are trying to use it to raise their political ratings. «At least two coalition parties […]. It is irresponsible behaviour by politicians,» – believes Vejonis.

In regard to this behaviour, Vejonis said those politicians should be asked to provide clear answers as to why they are doing this.

Also the President said the government and coalition are not on the verge of collapse. «You can see how the National Association and Union of Greens and Farmers act as though this situation is acceptable and work to increase their political ratings at the expense of Unity,» – he said, adding that this is demonstrated in rating assessments by multiple companies. At the same time, Vejonis adds that coalition parties wish Latvia to remain in the EU.

«The only thing none of the parties deny in this matter is that Europe has to resolve it. But it will not be resolved solely at our expense, or Latvia’s territory,» – the President described the situation. He said that recent talks have mentioned the opinion that Germans, Greeks and Italians should be assisted. But no one mentioned helping asylum seekers. «This is called toying with Europe’s values,» – said Vejonis.

As previously reported, Latvian government has supported Latvian Interior Ministry’s draft for Latvia’s national position on the refugee matter and resettlement of 526 additional asylum seekers in the country.

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