RIGA - Leaders of European Union states failed to deliver the Christmas gift Latvia and Lithuania were hoping for - a clear date for the start of entry negotiations - when they met in Vienna last week.The European Commissions' progress report on Latvia and Lithuania, released in early November, recommended the EU start entry talks with Riga by the end of next year if the country maintained its current pace of development and with Vilnius "within a reasonable period."Since the publication of that progress report, Latvia's Foreign Ministry has worked hard to convince EU officials to set a spe...
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