From 18 to 20 October, the Latvia-Russia Border Demarcation Commission convened for its 29th meeting in Riga. The commission established that all practical work at the Latvia-Russia border has been completed. Along the total 283.6 km length of the Latvia-Russia border, 648 boundary markers have been installed. The documents on the completion of demarcation are expected to be prepared for submission to the governments of both countries by mid-2017.
The Latvian delegation led by Irina Mangule, Consul General of Latvia in Saint Petersburg, includes officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Geospatial Information Agency, the State Agency for Provisions, the State Border Guard, and the State Land Service. On the Russian side, the delegation is chaired by Alexey Obukhov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and its members represent the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the Federal Service of State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr), and the Novgorod Aerogeodetic Company (Novgorod AGP).
The next meeting of the Commission has been scheduled for December 2016 in Moscow.
The Joint Latvia-Russia Demarcation Commission was established under Article 5 of the Treaty between the Republic of Latvia and the Russian Federation on the State Border of Latvia and Russia, which provides for the establishment of a Joint Demarcation Commission, based on the principle of parity. The tasks of the Commission are the physical marking of the Latvia-Russia border, installation of border markers and preparation of demarcation documents. The Joint Latvia-Russia Demarcation Commission began its work in 2009.
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