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2014.03.17 11:45

Minister of Justice supports the President’s decision to discuss security matters without Labour Party leader

DELFI|The Lithuania Tribune2014.03.17 11:45

The Minister of Justice and a Social Democrat Juozas Bernatonis supports President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who refuses to discuss security matters in the presence of the Labour Party as DELFI has announced.

 The Minister of Justice and a Social Democrat Juozas Bernatonis supports President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who refuses to discuss security matters in the presence of the Labour Party as DELFI has announced.

While the tension in Ukraine is increasing, President Grybauskaitė called a pseudo-State Defence Council’s meeting. The meeting was not a legitimate State defence Council meeting due to the presence of a non-council member, Loreta Graužienienė – Chairperson of Seimas and the leader of the Labour Party. Later, President Grybauskaitė announced she was not going to discuss security matters with the Labour Party because of the Party’s alleged relations with the Kremlin.

On Monday, during the government hour in Seimas, member of the Labour party Mečislovas Zasčiurinskas wanted to clarify whether the actions of President Grybauskaitė were legal. He asked the Minister of Justice Bernatonis how law regulates the actions of the State Defence Council, its convocation, the invited and uninvited people. The Minister’s reply probably did not comply with the expectations of Zasčiurinskas.

“Laws can only be commented by the lawmakers. Therefore, I, as the Minister of Justice, should refrain from any comments. Since the Act was adopted by Seimas, Seimas should be able to comment on it. But you are probably more worried about the President’s decision not to invite some of the people to the meeting that was held”, said Bernatonis.

The Minister of Justice expressed his support to the President’s decision not to invite Graužinienė to the meeting.

“I support the President’s decision. In my opinion, when dealing with issues of great importance to our national security, all the meeting participants should be the ones who trust each other. But this is a political question – not a legal one”, said Bernatonis in diplomatic tone.

DELFI recalls that the President’s statements about the Labour Party’s connections with Moscow caused a political turmoil. The governing coalition called the Executive Office of the President a week to provide information supporting those statements. The given period ends on Friday.

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