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Ten Saeima deputies have submitted a request to Prime Minster Māris Kučinskis to evaluate actions of Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs. They believe Rinkēvičs has avoided his duties to protect the rights of Latvian citizens under the age of 18 in UK and Northern Ireland and has submitted false information to Saeima deputies.

Deputies’ report states that this is the second attempt in the autumn session to get an clear answer from the minister in regards to protection of rights of minors in foreign countries.
 

The first questions were asked by Inguna Sudraba, Jūlija Stepaņenko, Ivars Brīvers Silvija Šimfa and Gunārs Kūtris in October, when concerns about the ministry’s behaviour and competence when it comes to Saeima’s approved Declaration on protection of rights of Latvian citizens in foreign countries were raised by Latvia ambassador to UK Baiba Braže’s interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.
 

Deputies mentioned in the report that the ambassador has failed to name an exact number of children taken from Latvian families abroad. They also add that the ambassador had demonstrated her subjective attitude towards certain families by saying that what happened was in children’s best interest.
 

It should be said that deputies Inguna Sudraba, Nellija Kleinberga, Stepaņenko, Vilis Krūmiņš, Mārtiņš Šics, Jānis Ruks, Rihards Melgailis, Juris Viļums, Andris Morozovs and Alfrēds Rubiks detailed in their request to the prime minister that it is necessary to evaluate Baiba Braže’s competence and level of professionalism.
 

Deputies have also asked the prime minister provide an explanation about Foreign Affairs Ministry’s actions and responsibility in protecting rights of Latvian citizens. Deputies also ask for improving the ministry’s policy in protecting the interests of Latvian citizens.

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