Dear Ambassador Normunds Popens,
I refer to your letter of 3. March, concerning the Norwegian National Contest for choosing our participant to the Eurovision Song Festival in Riga.
It is with deep regret that I learn how you and your staff have perceived the performance broadcast during intermission. I can assure you that it was in no way intended to have been embarassing for you or your countrymen, but based on your letter I am afraid that it is rather embarassing for us.
The performance was introduced by our announcer as a troupe seeking to be allowed to perform during intermission during the Eurosong Contest in Riga. It was presented as a vaudeville act and not as representing Latvian Culture or history. However, knowing your history and your proud national heritage and struggle, I do understand and deeply regret how you and your countrymen have perceived this specific act during our national Eurosong Contest.
On behalf of the NRK and our staff I apologize for any offense taken. I can assure you that we look forward to take part in the Eurosong Contest in Riga and that we know this will offer us a splendid opportunity to broadcast from contemporary Latvia with respect and understanding for a unique people and heritage.
John G. Bernander