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General approval for international missions

People in Latvia are fairly supportive of the participation of Latvian citizens, such as soldiers and medics, in multinational peacekeeping missions, a survey by the SKDS research agency shows.

The poll reveals that 33 percent of Latvia's citizens believe that Latvia has to participate in multinational peacekeeping missions regardless of the country in which they take place.

About as many people support Latvia's participation in such missions - but only if they take place in Europe.

One in five respondents in the poll believe Latvia should not participate in peacekeeping missions, and 14 percent are undecided about the necessity to participate in such missions, the survey shows.

Over the last 13 years, Latvians have generally backed participation in multinational peacekeeping missions, but this and last year public support for Latvia's involvement in such peacekeeping efforts has increased, reaching 66 percent.

Public support for Latvia's involvement in multinational peacekeeping missions hit the lowest point in 2005 and 2006 when slightly more than 50 percent of the surveyed respondents voiced support for participation in such missions. People have also been more inclined to support participation in peacekeeping missions in Europe.

The percentage of respondents objecting to Latvia's involvement in multinational peacekeeping missions has been declining in recent years.

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