Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Artis Pabriks, condemns the issuance of postal envelopes dedicated to Herberts Cukurs

30.09.2004. 19:42

Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Artis Pabriks, expresses his condemnation of the issuance of postal envelopes dedicated to Herberts Cukurs. According to Mr Pabriks, those who produced such envelopes in Latvia evidently do not understand the tragic history of World War II in Latvia or in Europe. 

It is important to recognize that Herberts Cukurs was not simply a talented pilot. He was also guilty of war crimes: during World War II, he took part in the activities of the notorious Arajs Commando, which participated in the Holocaust and was responsible for the killing of innocent civilians. The General Prosecutor's Office of Latvia has twice rejected the exoneration of Herberts Cukurs.

Mr Artis Pabriks asks the law enforcement institutions to assess the actions and motives of those who issued the envelopes. He urges the people of Latvia to evaluate critically the dissemination of the envelopes and to dissociate themselves from it.

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