LATVIA IN NATO. A Dream Fulfilled!

02.12.2014. 19:09


LATVIA IN NATO. A Dream Fulfilled!

On March 29 2004 during the ceremony in Washington, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia Indulis Emsis handed in Accession instruments of the North Atlantic Treaty to the U.S. Secretary of State Collin Powell. This marks the completion of legal formalities of Latvia-s accession process to NATO and Latvia-s full membership in the North Atlantic Alliance.

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Statement of His Exellency Prime Minister of Latvia Indulis Emsis at National Press Club, Washington, DC, March 29, 2004

Emsis: accession to NATO is a great day for our nation 

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President of the United States George Bush Welcomes Seven Nations to the NATO Alliance, Washington, DC, March 29, 2004 

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A Historical Milestone for the Transatlantic Community - joint statement by the Prime Ministers of the seven new NATO memberstates - Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania 29.03.2004.


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Ceremony to mark the Enlargement of NATO, The White House, Washington, DC


Latvia-s national flag has been raised at NATO Headquarters in Brussels

On April 2, 2004, a flag - raising ceremony was held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels to celebrate the accession of Latvia and other new member states to the North Atlantic Organization (NATO). Latvia was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Rihards Pīks and his delegation consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense. A special meeting of North Atlantic Council and an informal working meeting of 26 NATO Foreign ministers were held after the flag-raising ceremony.