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Latvian government continues talks on Istanbul Convention; no terms mentioned

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Latvian government intends to continue discussions about the Istanbul Convention. However, the Cabinet of Ministers avoids mentioning any specific terms for any decisions.

Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis has confirmed that the government intends to continue discussions about the Istanbul Convention. The politician explains that discussions with Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnačs and Welfare Ministry’s representatives, as well as members of different political parties will continue.

Politicians have different views on contents of the Istanbul Convention. Experts will have to sort arguments from personal opinions, said the prime minister.

When asked if the Cabinet of Ministers could resolve this matter before Saeima elections, the prime minister said there haven’t been many discussions so far. Still, he hopes the government successfully resolves this matter within the allotted time.

The head of the government said that Latvia already has «good legislation» for matters detailed in the convention, because there is already criminal liability provided to people who use violence against others. The country also protects equal right of both genders, said Kučinskis.

The prime minister reminded that the final decision regarding the ratification of the convention is for the Saeima to make.

As previously reported, Welfare Minister Jānis Reirs believes the Istanbul Convention uses arguments that have not justifications detailed in the document.

Unity is the only coalition party in Latvia to express support in favour of the convention’s ratification so far.

It was initially planned to view the legislative draft associated with Latvia’s ratification of the Istanbul convention during a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on 22 January. In the end, however, viewing was postponed.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry notes that members of the European Union have a responsibility to ensure unhindered ratification of the Istanbul Convention.


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