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Thu, 17 Sep, 2015 01:42:55 AM
FTimes- STT Report, Sep 17
President Sauli Niinistö talked to reporters after a meeting with political leaders at his official residence in Helsinki on Wednesday. Photo Lehtikuva.
President Sauli Niinistö met with leaders of major political parties at his Mäntyniemi residence on Wednesday evening.
The meeting was not related to Friday’s impending labour unions’ demonstration or the Wednesday’s televised address of prime minister to the nation. Instead, the meeting had been planned at an earlier date, said the national broadcaster Yle which first reported about the meeting.
The president has invited the leaders of all eight parties representing in parliament, the Yle report said.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the president said the refugee situation in the country must be brought under control.
The president believes the country will manage the immigration wave, although the number of immigrants has been a surprise.
“Control means the immigrants and those who are here have essential conditions,” Niinistö said.
According to Niinistö, the concern for management of the refugee situation has united all the participants: “Especially in these times when we have big challenges in front of us.” 
According to the president, the situation in Syria as well as the actions of Russia and the United States in the territory may also have an effect on Ukraine and, consequently, the situation in the Baltic Sea region.
The president also expressed his hope about development of a dialogue.
Niinistö said if the situation develops in positive direction, it will have an impact on the Ukrainian situation and the tense Baltic Sea situation.
The president revealed that the NATO issue was also touched on during the discussion. He, however, did not comment on the labour market situation.
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