US Senate Issues Congratulations to Republic of Latvia on its 90 anniversary
Sep 20, 2008
By Gustavs Plato
On September 16, 2008, the United States Senate approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 87 by unanimous consent. The resolution congratulates the Republic of Latvia on the 90th anniversary of its declaration of independence.
• Congratulates the people of Latvia on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of that country's November 18, 1918, declaration of independence;
• Commends the Government of Latvia for its success in implementing political and economic reforms, for establishing political, religious and economic freedom, and for its strong commitment to human and civil rights;
• Recognizes the common goals and shared values of the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, the close and friendly relations and ties of the three Baltic countries with one other, and their tragic history in the last century under the Nazi and Soviet occupations;
• Calls on the President to issue a proclamation congratulating the people of Latvia on the 90th anniversary of the declaration of Latvia's independence on November 18, 1918;
• Respectfully requests the President to congratulate the Government of Latvia for its commitment to democracy, a free market economy, human rights, the rule of law, participation in a wide range of international structures, and security cooperation with the United States Government; and
• Calls on the President and Secretary of State to urge the Government of the Russian Federation to acknowledge that the Soviet occupation of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and for the succeeding 51 years was illegal.

The sponsor of the bill was Sen. Gordon Smith [R, OR]. He had six co-sponsors: Sen. Robert Casey [D, PA], Sen. Richard Durbin [D, IL], Sen. Herbert Kohl [D, WI], Sen. Carl Levin [D, MI], Sen. Barack Obama [D, IL], and Sen. George Voinovich [R, OH].

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