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Parliament hesitates to support bill

  • 2005-10-19
  • By TBT staff
RIGA - After declaring a bill that would send the Latvian-Russian border treaty to the Constitutional Court for assessment as controversial, Parliament's foreign committee decided to back the bill for its first reading. The decision, a representative said, was political.

Committee chairwoman Vaira Paegle told the Baltic News Service that the bill was "difficult to support from a legal perspective."

Nevertheless, the foreign committee "for political reasons" agreed to support the Cabinet of Ministers-proposed bill.

The decision was made, Paegle said, in order to hasten the Latvian-Russian border treaty's resolve.

"There must be a certain consensus in issues vital for the state," she said.

The foreign committee agreed to support the bill's first reading in Parliament on condition that Constitutional Court representatives would be invited to the second reading.

Parliament's legal committee already supported the bill.