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PM: ministers have expressed support in favour of resettling additional refugees

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAccording to Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, the government will have to develop the country’s official position in regard to EC’s proposal to resettle 526 additional refugees in Latvia before the next meeting of EU Interior Ministers Council, as reported by lsm.lv.

In her interview to Latvijas Radio, Straujuma said the government will make its decision through a vote. The position has to be fully formulated by 22 September.

The PM admits that EU leaders will have the final say in this matter, regardless of Latvia’s position. Nevertheless, development of an official position is important in order to demonstrate the general attitude toward the plan.

«We need to think and imagine that we cannot afford to sit at the same table and demand better food, more money for farmers, more airspace patrols, have Italian taxpayers pay for everything and refuse to resettle refugees,» – said Straujuma.

Straujuma does not know when there will be coalition, government and Saeima European Affairs Committee meetings on the refugee matter. It is clear, however, that the decision has to be made within one week’s time. Straujuma plans to discuss the refugee matter with President Raimonds Vejonis on Wednesday.

In her interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT, the PM said some ministers have expressed their support in favour of resettling additional refugees. This includes ministers from For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK.

Straujuma said these ministers have expressed their support to this initiative personally. She did not mention any names.

The Prime Minister hopes it will be possible to acquire support from the entire coalition. «We need to meet with parties and search for compromises in order for all three coalition parties to find common ground,» – said the Prime Minister.

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