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2014.02.06 14:23

Two Polish MPs coming to Vilnius to discuss national minority situation

BNS | DELFI | The Lithuania Tribune2014.02.06 14:23

BNS  Deputy chairman of Poland’s Law and Justice party Adam Lipinski and the party’s member Mariusz Blaszczak are coming to Vilnius on Thursday to discuss the national minority situation in Lithuania.

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Deputy chairman of Poland’s Law and Justice party Adam Lipinski and the party’s member Mariusz Blaszczak are coming to Vilnius on Thursday to discuss the national minority situation in Lithuania.

The Polish party’s leader and ex-Prime Minister Jaroslaw Aleksander Kaczynski also planned to come but fell ill on the eve of the visit.

The Polish MPs are arriving at the invitation of Lithuania’s Deputy Speaker of the Seimas Jaroslav Narkevič of the ruling Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania.

Narkevič told BNS he had also invited the leaders of other Polish political parties to come to Vilnius and take a look at the minority situation in the country.

Poland’s Law and Justice party was the first to respond to the invitation. Representatives of other parties are still holding consultations, Narkevič said.

“The recent events related to the national minority situation in Lithuania are sending ripples through the international arena. It is worth mentioning that co-operation with bordering countries, which due to geographical and cultural closeness share a long common history, is especially important at this difficult time. As a Deputy Speaker of the Seimas and representative of the EAPL, I would like to invite you to Lithuania’s Vilnius Region to get acquainted with the existing situation,” the invitation reads.

Narkevič also told BNS he had invited members of the Lithuanian Seimas’ Group for Inter-Parliamentary Relations with the Republic of Poland to the Thursday meeting with the Polish MPs. “The situation needs discussion on the interstate level,” the EAPL representative said.

The EAPL claims rights of national minorities are violated in Lithuania as the country fails to adopt a national minority law and bans the spelling of Polish names and surnames in documents using the Polish alphabet.

The Lithuanian government rejects such accusations, stating that Poles in Lithuania have the best conditions to receive education in Polish: from the kindergarten up to the university.

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