2009 Country Reports on Terrorism - Latvia
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||5 August 2010|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, 2009 Country Reports on Terrorism - Latvia, 5 August 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4c63b639c.html [accessed 18 September 2014]|
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 hijacking 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. Latvia's Financial Intelligence Unit maintained a terrorist financing database that it shared with local banks.