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    Latvia Transnational Issues - 2006
    http://www.theodora.com/wfbcurrent/latvia/latvia_issues.html
    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Disputes - international:
      Russia refuses to sign the 1997 boundary treaty due to Latvian insistence on a unilateral clarificatory declaration referencing Soviet occupation of Latvia and territorial losses; Russia demands better Latvian treatment of ethnic Russians in Latvia; the Latvian parliament has not ratified its 1998 maritime boundary treaty with Lithuania, primarily due to concerns over oil exploration rights; as a member state that forms part of the EU's external border, Latvia must implement the strict Schengen border rules

      Illicit drugs:
      transshipment point for opiates and cannabis from Central and Southwest Asia to Western Europe and Scandinavia and Latin American cocaine and some synthetics from Western Europe to CIS; despite improved legislation, vulnerable to money laundering due to nascent enforcement capabilities and comparatively weak regulation of offshore companies and the gaming industry; CIS organized crime (including counterfeiting, corruption, extortion, stolen cars, and prostitution) accounts for most laundered proceeds


      NOTE: The information regarding Latvia on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Latvia Transnational Issues 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Latvia Transnational Issues 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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