Very important UN Security Council meeting on foreign fighters chaired by President Obama begins, resolution passed pic.twitter.com/M6WYbajQeL— Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) September 24, 2014
“The issue of foreign fighters is becoming ever more complicated, in light of their ability to move from one zone of the conflict to another, as they become professional mercenaries. It’s important to understand that these combatants are not fighting for peace, they are fostering further development of conflict,” Rinkēvičs said.
Latvia’s chief diplomat went on to say that these foreign fighters have also created a threat to his country’s national security. Latvia is working actively to prevent any possible recruiting of foreign fighters in its territory, or any involvement of state residents in armed conflicts abroad, or the offering of other forms of support to terrorists.
Here are a selection of Rinkēvičs' official English-language tweets from New York remarking on other items from the diplomatic agenda there:
Latvia supports French initiative to establish code of conduct for UN "veto powers", need to restore credibility of UN after Syria & Ukraine— Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) September 26, 2014
We also had good Adriatic-Baltic meeting hosted by Albanian FM @ditmirbushati on Euro-atlantic integration and further joint steps— Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) September 24, 2014
Latvia was a cosponsor of UN SC resolution on Foreign Terrorist Fighters, now important to implement it both internationally and nationally— Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) September 24, 2014
I'm at United Nations Security Council Chamber in New York, NY https://t.co/3UbY97Nmcw— Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) September 24, 2014