Latvian Interior Minister: Interior services have done their job

  • 2006-05-02
  • By TBT staff
Latvian Interior Minister, Dzintars Jaundzeikars expressed his satisfaction with the security level at the venues of the upcoming World Ice Hockey Championship after visiting several of them on Friday.

"In terms of a general security, everything is in place," the minister told the press after his visits to the Skonto and Arena Riga halls in Riga.

Jaundzeikars pointed out that interior services have done their job "and maybe even more" in ensuring security and public order. The minister noted that despite their heavy workload police would try to ensure that traffic is not fully restricted around the hockey halls.

According to Jaundzeikars, law enforcement authorities expect more problems from the celebrations of the end of the World War II on May 8 and 9.

Assessing the security measures, the minister said that the stepped up security is causing inconveniences, but that there are benefits, too, as officers have managed to detain several suspected criminals and illegal immigrants thanks to tighter border controls.

The minister expects that the parking lots near the hockey halls will create the biggest problems during the championship.