Mr. Kirsteins’ statement that the Jewish community “should not repeat the mistakes of 1940 and openly cooperate with the enemies of the Latvian people” should be condemned.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is outraged by the statement (24 May) of the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Saeima, Mr. Aleksanders Kirsteins.

Among other things, Mr. Kirsteins said, in reference to the statement of the Jewish community of Latvia protesting the increase of antisemitism in Latvia, that the Jewish community “should not repeat the mistakes of 1940 and openly cooperate with the enemies of the Latvian people.”

The Ministry views such threatening language with the utmost gravity and utterly condemns these insinuations.

We believe that Mr. Kirsteins’ statement will give rise to feelings of indignation among Latvia’s leaders and the majority of its citizens and we are convinced that his statement will meet with unequivocal condemnation.

The Ministry is calling in the Ambassador of Latvia in order to inform him of the seriousness with which we view the matter. 

Note: In the meantime, the Baltic News Agency (BNS) reports (27 May) that Mr. Kirsteins has been expelled from his party, the People’s Party.