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Vējonis urges authorities to reassess scandalous «Oligarch talks»

Raimonds Vējonis/president.lv.

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis has stated that every person, especially officials, involved in the so-called «Oligarch talks» should evaluate their role in the leaked conversations and explain their actions to the society, taking responsibility for it.
 

Vējonis on Wednesday, June 12, evaluated the «Oligarch talks» as unacceptable and such that could not be supported: «The talks and the participation of politicians weaken our country. Strong society and transparency in decision-making, as well as independent media are the basis of a strong country, and everyone without exceptions has to work for the good of the country and the society, with respect to the country and its population».
 

This week the National Security Council of Latvia decided that the evaluation of the content of «Oligarch talks» and related events should continue.
 

The Latvian president also expressed his support to the establishment of a parliamentary enquiry commission and urged MPs to hesitate with its establishment.
 

Reportedly, transparency NGO Delna has urged Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis and Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis to take responsibility for the progress of the scandal involving their political associates.
 

In a letter to Kučinskis, sent on Monday, July 10, Delna has reminded of senior Latvian officials mentioned in the leaked Rīdzene hotel conversations – Minister of Agriculture Jānis Dūklavs and Minister of Transport Uldis Augulis – and their meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Arkady Dvorkovich, in August, 2016.
 

«The [Latvian] Foreign Ministry was not notified beforehand on the meeting and the Prime Minister failed to provide information to Delna, why was the meeting held in secrecy, what were the issues discussed and what agreements were reached,» Delna noted.
 

The organization has also urged Māris Kučinskis to demand the resignation of Dūklavs and Augulis.
 

Delna, which is the Latvian branch of the anti-corruption organisation Transparency International, standing for openness, rule of law and democracy, has called on President Vējonis to ask during the sitting of the National Security Council for constructive actions from heads of investigative bodies Prosecutor General’s Office and the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

BNN

13-07-2017
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