RIGA - Latvian President Egils Levits hopes that his first bill submitted to the parliament - Historical Latvian Lands Law - will serve for preservation of Latvian diversity for future generations.
The president said in a press conference today that the bill has been developed to ensure awareness that Latvian diversity is not self understanding. The goal of the bill is to strengthen people's identity and belonging to local communities and Latvian historical lands - Kurzeme, Latgale, Selija, Zemgale and Vidzeme. The bill also covers the small culture communities, such as the suiti, Rucava, the Liv coast and Upite.
Levits said that the bill includes the sustainability principle. "Culture should be sustainable and it has two dimensions - the history and the future. The bill covers both dimensions. Our historical heritage should be preserved, but every day, month and year we contribute something new to this historical heritage," he said.
The president said that he hopes for public support to the bill and that the parliament will adopt the bill by the end of the year.