Search

 

Cablegate: Latvia: 2009 Country Reports On Terrorism

VZCZCXYZ0007
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHRA #0588 3450813
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 110813Z DEC 09
FM AMEMBASSY RIGA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6181
INFO RUEILB/NCTC WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS RIGA 000588

SIPDIS
DEPT PASS TO RHONDA SHORE (S/CT)
DEPT ALSO PASS TO NCTC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER ASEC LG

SUBJECT: LATVIA: 2009 COUNTRY REPORTS ON TERRORISM

1. (U) Below is Embassy Riga's draft of the 2009 Latvia Country
Reports on Terrorism. Embassy POC is Matt Stokes
(StokesMR@state.gov).

Begin Report:

In May, the Cabinet of Ministers approved an action plan for
responding to terrorist threats and attacks on people or objects in
Latvia's territory. In September, Latvia established a working
group to develop an action plan for terrorist or pirate attacks
against Latvian ships anywhere in the world. The Transportation
Ministry is currently developing legislation to control hazardous
cargo and is developing an action plan to respond to emergency
situations related to hazardous cargo. Latvia regularly
participates in the European Union's Terrorism Working Group.

In October, the Counterterrorism Center of the Latvian Security
Police and the Riga International Airport organized a
counterterrorism exercise that simulated a plane high jacking and
hostage situation. Representatives from the Security Police, Riga
International Airport, Civil Aviation Agency, State Border Guards,
State Police, State Fire and Rescue Service, Center of Emergency and
Disaster Medicine, and the Prosecutor General's Office participated.


As of December, Latvia was contributing 170 soldiers to support the
International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, including an
Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT). As a country
participating in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), Latvia continued to
comply with requirements in the VWP law related to information
sharing and other law enforcement and counterterrorism cooperation.
This cooperation was further enhanced by the Implementing
Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007.

Latvia's Financial Intelligence Unit maintained a terrorist
financing database that it shared with local banks. Since the May
2005 U.S. Treasury designation of two Latvian banks as institutions
of "primary money laundering concern" under Section 311 of the
Patriot Act, Latvian government and regulatory agencies have worked
very closely with the United States to enhance their legislative and
regulatory framework. There have been no further sanctions on
Latvian banks. In 2006, Treasury lifted the proposed sanction
against one bank. In the case of the second institution, the issue
is specific to the bank and its ownership structure, and does not
reflect Latvian regulatory efforts.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

IPPPR: The Independent Panel Calls For Urgent Reform Of Pandemic Prevention And Response Systems

Expert independent panel calls for urgent reform of pandemic prevention and response systems The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response is today calling on the global community to end the COVID-19 pandemic and adopt a series of bold and ... More>>

NGO Coalition On Human Rights: Call For A Stop To Police Brutality In Fiji

A viral video has circulated online showing two police officers utilising disproportionate and excessive force in detaining the suspect, an individual half their size. In the video it shows the man’s head being pressed down on the ground, his arms being ... More>>

UN: India’s New COVID-19 Wave Is Spreading Like ‘Wildfire’, Warns UN Children’s Fund

7 May 2021 A new wave of COVID-19 infections is spreading like “wildfire” across India, leaving many youngsters destitute, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Friday. In the last 24 hours, India registered 3,915 coronavirus deaths and 414,188 ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

ILO Voices: A Future With Hope, Free From Bonded Labour

By Padma Kumari Tamata Formerly in bonded labour, Padma Kumari Tamata is now a farmer, and grows and sells her own vegetables in the Kanchanpur district of Nepal. My name is Padma and I come from Vashi, a small hamlet in Nepal’s far-west Kanchanpur district. ... More>>

UN: Economic Recovery Under Threat Amid Surging COVID Cases And Lagging Vaccination In Poorer Countries

New York, 11 May — While the global growth outlook has improved, led by robust rebound in China and the United States, surging COVID-19 infections and inadequate vaccination progress in many countries threaten a broad-based recovery of the world ... More>>

Study: Cut Methane Emissions To Avert Global Temperature Rise

6 May 2021 Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed ... More>>