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22.05.2015 19:52 Society, Belarus — EU

Protocol to Belarusian-Latvian local border traffic agreement signed in Riga

By Andrey Serada, BelaPAN
Minsk, 22 May. Belarus and Latvia signed an additional protocol to their local border traffic agreement in Riga on Friday.
The protocol was inked by Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey and his Latvian counterpart, Edgars Rinkevics, reported the press office of the Belarusian foreign ministry. Messrs. Makey and Rinkevics had a meeting within the framework of the Fourth Eastern Partnership Summit.
While in Riga, Mr. Makey was received by Latvian President Andris Berzins and had a number of meetings with representatives of EU member countries and with top-ranking representatives of European institutions, the press office said.
Belarus signed local border traffic agreements with Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as far back as 2010.
Under the agreements, people who reside within 30 kilometers of the shared border would be allowed to cross it without a visa if they had a special local border traffic permit, which would allow them to stay within the 30-kilometer border zone on the other side of the border for up to a total of 90 days within a year. Such permits would be issued for a period of up to five years. To be eligible, a person would have to have resided in the area for no less than one year. Also eligible would be the spouses of such persons and their children under 18 years of age.
The local border traffic agreement with Latvia took effect on February 1, 2012.
The establishment of local border traffic with Poland and Lithuania is impeded by political and economic problems, Alyaksandr Lukashenka told reporters in January 2013.

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