Saeima adopts resolution supporting Estonia

The Saeima, Latvia’s parliament, has adopted a resolution supporting Estonia and condemning comments by Russian officials that may be viewed as meddling in Estonia’s internal affairs.

The parliament’s May 10 vote came a day after the World Federation of Free Latvians strongly criticized legislators’ failure to support Estonia during recent unrest over plans to move a memorial to Soviet troops. The resolution was adopted 71-21.

The resolution condemns “the comments of high officials and Duma deputies of the Russian Federation, which can be seen as interference in the internal affairs of the Republic of Estonia.”

The document also reminds Russia of its obligation to protect Estonia’s diplomatic personnel and asks Russia hold responsible those who organized a siege of the Estonian embassy in Moscow.

The Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Commission on May 9 rejected a similar declaration offered by 10 members of the opposition party Jaunais laiks (New Era). The Jaunais laiks resolution also called on the parliaments of other European Union members to do likewise.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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