Estonia’s Kaljulaid not to take part in UN vote on migration compact

As the Estonian government has proved unable to decide on it support to the UN Global Compact for Migration, Kersti Kaljulaid, the President of Estonia, has unveiled she would not attend a vote on it at the UN General Assembly in January, in New York.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports Adviser to the President Taavi Linnamäe unveiled the decision in an interview on Thursday, November 22.

With parties being keen to take strong positions as to their support or opposition on the issue, Kaljulaid has asked for clarity to decide on going to Marrocco in December to endorse the non-binging pact.

The president has said to ERR earlier that she would not travel to Morrocco if the government failed to achieve a consensus regarding the migration compact.

On Wednesday, November 21, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas stated to ETV that the government would not make a decision regarding the UN migration framework.

Meanwhile, the opposition Conservative People’s Party of Estonia is pushing the Estonian parliament for a referendum to be called on the issue. It has suggested holding it next spring during the Estonian parliamentary election.

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