Kalvitis urges government to learn from past mistakes

  • 2005-08-17
  • By TBT staff
RIGA - Officials who were involved with border-treaty discussion during the mid-90s were careless in their work, Latvian Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis said on Aug. 17.

"Obviously, some people did their job thoughtlessly or with ill intentions," the prime minister said in an interview with LNT's 900 Sekundes (900 Seconds) news program on Aug. 16.

Kalvitis did not, however, mention any names.

Later during the interview, the PM mentioned that there was no use in tracking down the culprits, as these events happened almost 10 years ago. He added that, in the future, the Latvian government will have to take caution when dealing with international treaties to avoid situations when "an agreement is reached against the interests of the government."

According to the State Chancellery, the delegation that prepared negotiations over the Latvian-Russian border treaty with Moscow in the 1990s exceeded their mandate, which only authorized the preparation of a technical document.