Coalition talks could break down 's Laar

  • 2007-03-23
  • From wire reports
An argument over the foreign minister's seat is threatening to lead to a dead end in Estonia's current coalition talks, according to Mart Laar, leader of the Pro Patria and Res Public Union.

Laar himself had hoped to occupy that seat, taking over from Urmas Paet of the Reform Party. Reform make up the largest party in the potential coalition, and is also the party of the current prime minister.

"Prime Minister Andrus Ansip declared that there would be no more meetings and neither would he call the Reform Party board," Laar said after another round of talks. "The ball is now in the prime minister's hands."

Laar said IRL had acted calmly and intended to do so also in the future.

Laar added that if the Reform Party thought it, over it would understand IRL had the right to choose its ministerial seat. The IRL leader expressed the hope, however, that the first emotions would soon be over and the Reform Party board would meet and discuss the matter.

"It is logical in talks that if one party presents its position the other party discusses it," Laar said.