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Whereas the United States delegation to the United Nations

working group relating to child soldiers, which included representatives from the Department of Defense, sup

ported the Geneva agreement on the optional protocol; Whereas on May 25, 2000, the United Nations General As

sembly unanimously adopted the optional protocol on the

use of child soldiers;
Whereas the optional protocol was opened for signature on

June 5, 2000; and
Whereas President Clinton has publicly announced his sup-

port of the optional protocol and a speedy process of re

view and signature: Now, therefore, be it 1 Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate 2 concurring), That3

(1) the Congress joins the international commu4

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IV

106TH CONGRESS

2D SESSION

H. CON. RES. 319

Congratulating the Republic of Latvia on the 10th anniversary of the reestablishment of its independence from the rule of the former Soviet Union.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MAY 4, 2000 Mr. SHIMKUS (for himself, Mr. Cox, Mr. CALVERT, Mr. ROHRABACHER, and

Mr. KUCINICH) submitted the following concurrent resołation; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Congratulating the Republic of Latvia on the 10th anniver

sary of the reestablishment of its independence from the rale of the former Soviet Union.

Whereas the United States had never recognized the forcible

incorporation of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania into the former Soviet Union;

Whereas the declaration on May 4, 1990, of the reestablish

ment of ful sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Latvia furthered the disintegration of the former

Soviet Union; Whereas Latvia since then has successfully built democracy,

passed legislation on human and minority rights that conform to European and international norms, ensured the rule of law, developed a free market economy, and

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consistently pursued a course of integration into the community of free and democratic nations by seeking membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

(NATO); and Whereas Latvia, as a result of the progress of its political

and economic reforms, has made, and continues to make, a significant contribution toward the maintenance of international peace and stability by, among other actions, its participation in NATO-led peacekeeping operations in

Bosnia and Kosovo: Now, therefore, be it 1 Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate 2 concurring), That the Congress

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(1) congratulates Latvia on the occasion of the

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(2) commends Latvia for its success in imple

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menting political and economic reforms, which may

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further speed the process of that country's integration into European and Western institutions.

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Expressing the sense of Congress concerning the safety and well-being of

United States citizens injured while travelling in Mexico.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

NOVEMBER 17, 1999 Mr. HUNTER (for himself, Mr. BILBRAY, Mr. PACKARD, and Mr.

CUNNINGHAM) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of Congress concerning the safety and

well-being of United States citizens injured while travelling in Mexico.

Whereas hundreds of United States citizens travel by auto

mobile to Mexico every day;

Whereas United States automobile insurance in not valid in

Mexico and travellers may purchase additional insurance

to cover potential liability or injury while in Mexico; Whereas in cases where additional insurance is not purchased

and a United States citizen is involved in an automobile accident, the American will be subject to a bond requirement before being permitted to return to the United States; and

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