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Latvian PM: immigration must not be equated with terrorism

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Immigration must not be associated with terrorism as these are two completely different phenomena, believes Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (Unity), cites LETA.

Equating immigration with terrorism is completely wrong, Straujuma told reporters yesterday. For instance, many people in Great Britain consider residents of Latvia who settle there immigrants.

 At the same time, Straujuma reminded that during the interior ministers' meeting in Paris on Sunday, several counter-terrorism measures were discussed, including preventive measures, cooperation among the European Union member states, access to databases, and others.

 As reported, Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (Unity) said during the meeting of interior ministers in Paris on Sunday that fighting against terrorism requires immediate action.

 This is the right moment to express a joint and consistent attitude toward terrorism. Fighting against other forms of terrorism is a priority, and Latvia, as the presiding country of the Council of the European Union, will definitely draw special attention to this issue, Kozlovskis said.

 Taking into account that several ministers wished for a fast and joint action at EU level, Kozlovskis proposed to call an emergency Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Brussels next week.

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