Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 121

Presidents Lennart Meri of Estonia, Guntis Ulmanis of Latvia, and Algirdas Brazauskas of Lithuania conferred yesterday in New York with U.S. Republican presidential candidate Robert Dole on Baltic security. Dole supported the Baltic states’ admission to NATO in the next group after the three Central European countries which are expected to be admitted shortly. In a statement issued after the talks, Dole said that the Baltic states "rightly aspire to the security NATO provides its members" and called for stronger U.S. support for Baltic independence. Dole and the Baltic presidents also discussed the amendments to the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty, recently negotiated by the Clinton administration and Russia, which adversely affect Baltic security. The Baltic presidents intend to focus on this issue in their scheduled talks with president Bill Clinton. The administration has sent uncertain signals on the issue of Baltic accession to NATO. The three presidents began June 24 an unprecedented joint official visit to the U.S. (BNS, Reuter, June 25)

Parliament Members Resist Belarus Merger with Russia.