On December 16-17, 1998 a trilateral meeting of official Latvian-Belorussian-Russian delegations on delimitation of the point of intersection of borders of the three states took place in Riga.
The Latvian delegation was led by Ambassador at Large of the Foreign ministry Mr. Lovniks, the Belorussian delegation - by assistant head of State committee of Border forces of Belarus Mr. Rudov, the Russian delegation - by Ambassador at Large of Foreign ministry Mr. Chyzov.
During the meeting the Parties agreed on the fact that the point of intersection of borders of three states lies on the point of intersection of lines which go along the middle line of river Zilupe and its confluent Neverica about 0.1 km south from hillock "Draudzibas kurgans" (Burial-mound of Friendship).
After reaching the covenant Parties examined in detail, co-ordinated and heads of delegations vised "Draft Agreement of Government of the Republic of Latvia, Government of the Republic of Belarus and Government of the Russian Federation on stating [and marking] the point of intersection of borders of Republic of Latvia, Republic of Belarus and Russian Federation".
The Russian party undertook to prepare Draft Protocol on producing the map of the point of intersection of Republic of Latvia, Republic of Belarus and Russian Federation.
The process of negotiations and reached agreements were fixed in Protocol in which after the request of the Russian side it was specially stressed that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Dr. Valdis Birkavs participated at the opening of negotiations.
Heads of delegations of Russia and Belarus highly appreciated the organisation of negotiations from the Latvian side and professionality of Latvian side in drawing up a trilateral documentation.
As the work process on harmonising views of Parties on December 17, 1998 was finished late at night, head of the Latvian delegation on behalf of himself and heads of delegations of Russia and Belarus apologises to the representatives of mass media for the press conference that did not take place at the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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