NATO member-state parliamentarians back Latvia during EU presidency

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“Latvia can count on what Article 5 of the NATO Agreement states, that an attack on one member is an attack on all. This was affirmed again by the parliamentarians of the NATO countries and its leadership, including the General Secretary,” leader of the Latvian delegation announced after the trans-Atlantic security alliance’s Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels Tuesday.

Latvia was at the center of the meeting’s agenda as the presiding state of the Council of the EU and as such a possible threatened territory in the event the situation in Ukraine were to escalate further, the Saeima press service reported.

The Latvian delegation proposed and the assembly adopted a resolution expressing hope that the conflict in eastern Ukraine will finally be halted and that the ceasefire will be observed by all sides.

“This agreement must be respected by all sides both with respect to the ceasefire and the comprehensive political settlement it foresees for a conflict that has already lasted for too long. At the same time, we should recognise that Russia is a party to the conflict responsible for the aggression, not a neutral mediator,” the statement reads.

The statement also expressed condolences and solidarity to the victims of Islamic extremist terrorism in Copenhagen.

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly was founded in 1955 as a consultative inter-parliamentary organization uniting lawmakers from the alliance nations. It serves as a bridge between NATO and its member-state legislators, helping maintain parliamentary and public support for the alliance’s policies.

Riga was host to the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly in 2010.

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