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U.S. Department Of State
96/09/17  Statement: Fifth Anniversary of Baltic U.N. Representation
Office of the Spokesman

Press Statement By Nicholas Burns, Spokesman
September 17, 1996

         Fifth Anniversary Of Baltic Representation At The U.N.

Five years ago today, the Presidents and Foreign Ministers of
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania made their inaugural addresses to
the U.N. General Assembly following a meeting with President
Bush at the White House.

This event demonstrated the restoration of the independence of the
three countries after fifty-one years, and the beginning of
their integration into the Euro-Atlantic and world community.

The U.S. enjoys strong relations with each of the three Baltic
countries.  The Baltic states have demonstrated their
willingness to accept their responsibilities as members of the
family of democratic nations.  They participate actively in the
Partnership for Peace, are contributing peacekeepers to IFOR in
Bosnia and UNIFIL in Lebanon, and respect democratic values and
human rights.
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