Saeima won't get refugee plan from government

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The Latvian parliament or Saeima on Thursday turned down a proposal calling for the government to deliver a comprehensive report on how it plans to accommodate refugees.

The motion calling for the report was signed by opposition MPs and members of the National Alliance that is one of three parties in government, and said the cabinet of ministers should submit a report to Saeima regarding all aspects of the accommodation of refugees in Latvia.

The motion was originally reviewed at a Saeima meeting on July 9, but it was not passed as the meeting was not quorate, and postponed until the parliament's fall session.

During the vote on the motion today, 29 opposition members voted for the motion, 23 voted against it and 29 - including the National Alliance contingent who had actually called for the report - abstained.

Forwarding the matter to the Saeima National Security Committee was also turned down, meaning the retains its free hand in dealing with the issue.

As reported, the government agreed this past July that Latvia would take a total of 250 immigrants over the next two years.

This caused serious disagreements within the ruling coalition parties.

A working group headed by the Interior Ministry continues to popnder the refugee question.

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