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"Ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for your congratulations, but the celebrations are over and we in Latvia are used to working in a businesslike way, without illusions. There is much talk here of how the Second World War has come to an end. I would like only to remind you here that it is not over for everyone and especially not for our neighbours. Between the Baltic and the Black Sea we have, first of all, the Belarussians, Ukrainians, Moldovans and Georgians as our neighbours. We congratulate the Romanians, who will be in the European Union in a couple of years, but why not the Moldovans? Only because the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact allowed Soviet forces to occupy part of Romania and because these forces remained in Moldova and refused to withdraw. We are forced to watch, we are doing something and we in the Baltic States will not be content to watch television in comfort as mothers in Moldova are forced to trade in their own kidneys to feed their starving children. Will the Black Sea be a black hole where the drug and arms traders' crossroads meet, or will we be able to change this situation? Belarus is completely terrorised by the communists. In Georgia Russian forces are refusing to withdraw and are supporting separatists. What is the situation in our neighbouring country, Russia? It has been best described by the former member of the Duma and noted businessman, Konstantin Borovoy. He says that KGB men are currently in charge in Russia, which is almost the same as if Gestapo men were in power in Germany and were saying that everything is much improved and changed. Friendship with the West is a sham and the provocations in the Baltic countries will continue, to be used as a bargaining chip in a deal with the West on the issue of Chechnya. Madam President, that is a precise description of what our neighbours in a neighbouring State have been given by a member of the State Duma. As long as we are aware that some countries are continuing to profit from the results of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, we will, of course, be able to do something. In conclusion, before we dream about the European Union's borders with Iraq, let us put our closer neighbours in order."@en1

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