A national agreement on emigration, initiated by Lithuania's ruling Order and Justice party, has failed to secure the support of the country's key political parties. Major opposition parties have no plans of signing it, the Lietuvos Žinios daily reports.
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The pact, due to be signed in the Seimas next week, names emigration as a national problem, sets the goal of halving emigration over the coming years and take measures to increase Lithuania's population to 3.5 million over the next decade.

Andrius Kubilius, leader of the opposition Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats group in parliament, slammed the planned pact.

"Proposing such ridiculous agreements on such an important issue discredits the very genre of national agreements. It also amounts to discrediting the policy of controlling emigrations and immigration, which is so important in the life of the country," the opposition leader said.

Meanwhile, Order and Justice leader Rolandas Paksas regretted that the major opposition parties had no plans to sign the agreement.

"Unfortunately, sometimes the opposition's ambitions are more important than the attitude to the state. It's regrettable. I would compare this document to all-party agreements on NATO and EU membership or increasing defence spending," Paksas said.

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