Two parties ask Kucinskis to report on results of work done by government commission on KGB research

  • 2017-11-16
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - For Latvia From The Heart and the Latvian Association of Regions have turned to Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers), asking him to inform the two parties about the results of work done by the government commission on KGB research.

Saeima today forwarded the two parties' request to the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee.

According to Elva Grauda from For Latvia From The Heart, the question of publishing the names of KGB agents in Latvia has been causing much controversy since the restoration of Latvia's independence. The commission on KGB research was established for scientific, historic and legal analysis of the documents, and the purpose of the commission was to propose a substantiated and clear solution to the problem.

No money has been earmarked for the commission's work in the Education and Science Ministry's budget for next year. This means that the government has been informed that the commission will complete its work this year yet. This is also confirmed by media reports earlier this month that the commission on GKB research has spoken to President Raimonds Vejonis about publishing the documents.

Taking into consideration that the research done and recommendations offered by the commission are important to the people of Latvia, and will form the basis of further decisions about publishing KGB documents, MPs from the two parties are asking Kucinskis to report on the results of the committee's work and proposals the commission has submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers, as well as what purposes the commission's financing, EUR 500,000 in 2016 and this year, has been spent for.

For Latvia From The Heart supports publishing KGB documents in accordance with conclusions and proposals of the commission, to ensure that society is provided full and correct information about the KGB files and their historic and legal analysis, said the party's head Inguna Sudraba.

Likewise, the Association of Regions supports opening the KGB files as the people of Latvia have the right to have full information about Latvia's past.

As reported, the commission of historians headed by Karlis Kangers recently decided to ask Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis to annul the special law on those KGB files adopted 23 years ago and to make public the information contained in those files.