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Baltic States: U.S. Charter Talks Begin Tomorrow

Washington, 13 October 1997 (RFE/RL) - The U.S. State Department will host delegations from Estonian, Latvia and Lithuania tomorrow for talks on a charter agreement aimed at strengthening ties between the United States and the Baltic nations.

This will be the second meeting of diplomats on the charter arrangement, and Latvian Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Einars Semanis says the document could be completed tomorrow.

Semanis told RFE/RL that the charter seeks to create what he calls a special relationship between Washington and the Baltic republics. It seeks to improve cooperation with the U.S. and to facilitate the integration of the three countries into Western institutions.

All three of the Baltic states eventually hope to become full members of the NATO alliance.