Latvian president to participate in border agreement signing

  • 2007-03-07
  • TBT staff
The Latvian president's participation in the ceremony of signing the Latvian-Russian border treaty would prove Latvia's stance, said Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga on Wednesday.
"My publicly declared readiness to participate would be a signal that this time Latvia has made a serious decision, and has undertaken to sign such a treaty and be consistent in its stance," said the president.
The Latvian government on Tuesday authorized the prime minister to sign the border treaty with Russia that was initialled a decade ago. With this decision, Latvia has also withdrawn an explanatory declaration it wanted to unilaterally attach to the border agreement two years ago.
Latvian officials said that Moscow could also delegate its prime minister to sign the document. Previously it was said that the agreement might be signed in Moscow.