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Latvia/Lithuania: Hopes Rise For Sea Border Agreement

Riga, 10 September 1996 (RFE/RL) - Latvia and Lithuania are close to an agreement on the location of their sea border, says Lithuania's official information center.

Latvian Prime Minister Andris Skele and Lithuanian Prime Minister Mindaugas Stankevicius discussed the issue yesterday in Nica, a Latvian town 200 kilometers southwest of Riga. The nine-hour meeting ended late last night without an agreement.

But the Lithuanian administration's information center issued the following statement today:

"The positions of both delegations became so much closer that the possiblity has arisen that agreement can be reached in the next few days."

At stake are exploration rights for oil deposits in the Baltic Sea. Latvia claims sovereignty over parts of the continental shelf that Lithuania says are under its jurisdiction.