Head of Latvian delegation to the NATO PA: “Security is the main national priority”


„For Latvia, comprehensive security was, is and always will remain the main national priority,” said Mrs. Vaira Paegle, Head of the Latvian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, on Tuesday, 1 June, in her address to the participants of the discussion on “NATO’s Future: The Baltic View”. 

In reflecting on the proceedings of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Mrs. V.Paegle said, “Because NATO has added a broad security dimension to its military defence, committee reports ranged from alliance solidarity and the High North to the economic crisis in Central and Eastern Europe and maritime security.”

„While the general public is decidedly eurosceptic, support for our membership in NATO has never wavered. Therefore, we look to the new Strategic Concept for reassurance that collective defence guarantees and Alliance cohesion and solidarity vows are renewed not only in words but also in concrete deeds,” said Mrs. V.Paegle. 

„On matters of security, NATO must speak in one voice and on the basis of equality – if one NATO country does not feel secure, it threatens the security of all other member states,” emphasised the Head of the Latvian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. She added that „Only by taking our security seriously will we provide the added value necessary to make the NATO security umbrella impenetrable.”

Mrs. V.Paegle was gratified that participants of this discussion will address two significant issues, namely, the new NATO Strategic Concept and the situation in Afghanistan from the perspective of the Baltic States.

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