Latvia passes language law

  • 1999-12-16
  • By Benjamin Smith
RIGA - An ad hoc centrist coalition quietly and determinedly pushed a compromise language law through Parliament on narrow margins Dec. 9, ignoring loud and bitter criticism from both left and right.As hoped, the new legislation was greeted by friendly noises from European heavies, including Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe High Commissioner for Human Rights Max van der Stoel and the EU presidency.Van der Stoel, whose office has kept a close eye on the law's progress, wrote that "the law is now essentially in conformity with Latvia's international obligations and commitme...
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