Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis on Monday dismissed the problems of the Polish national minority as something minor, urging the two countries to skip them and "do the most important work, major work."
Viktoras Pranckietis
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"Let's leave the minor thing to be an issue that has not been solved for years. (…) We should not stall in them, we should do the most important work, major work," Pranckietis, the ruling Peasant and Green Union's delegate, told the Polish-language radio Znad Wilii.

In his words, the ruling LPGU cannot take responsibility for the performance of earlier parliaments, which failed to settle the issue of the spelling of non-Lithuanian names in documents.

Pranckietis said the party would consider every possible solution, however, noted that the name-spelling issue was also relevant for Lithuanians, not just Poles.

After the October 2016 general elections, LPGU considered entering both versions of names on the main page of passports, i.e., in Lithuanian and Latin characters, while registers would only contain the Lithuanian version.

Lithuanian politicians have for years considered two solutions – allowing the original spelling as the main entry or on an additional passport page, however, none of the forms was approved.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, also delegated by the Peasant and Green Union, has listed Poland as a strategic partner and pledged to "reload" the mutual ties.

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