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    Latvia Rejects Initiative to Demolish Riga Soviet Liberators Memorial

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    A Latvian parliament commission has refused to consider the initiative to demolish the Memorial to Soviet Liberators in the country’s capital Riga.

    RIGA (Sputnik) — A Latvian parliament commission has refused to consider the initiative to demolish the Memorial to Soviet Liberators in the country’s capital Riga as part of a plan to restore the pre-war Uzvaras (Victory) Square, a source in the commission told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

    "The commission has rejected a collective initiative, citing the opinion of the country's foreign minister and Riga Duma," the source said.

    The Latvian Foreign Ministry said that Russia and Latvia had reached an agreement on monuments' preservation.

    The initiative has collected some 10,000 signatures, which allowed it to be sent the Latvian parliament for consideration. The parliament received it on May 16.

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