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Some personal history, as well as some history of Latvia. The League of Nations and Latvia. Latvia and the second World War. Soviet occupation. Canada as the first of the G-7 countries to resume diplomatic relations with Latvia 15 years ago. The transformation of Latvia. Latvia as a member of the Euopean Union. Latvia today. The dream of world peace. Some successes of the League of Nations. The World Health Organization. The International Court of Justice. The International Labour Organization. The North Atlantic Treaty in 1949. The Warsaw Pact. The strength of NATO. Latvia devoted to maintaining the open-door policies that made its own transformation possible. The hope for a pragmatic working relationship with Russia. The role of the European Union in the resolution of so-called "frozen conflicts." The need for transformation for the UN.