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Robert Siegel speaks with Latvian President Vaira Vike Freiberga whose country is facing a language question of its own. For many years, Latvia was a part of the Soviet Union and Russian became an official language. No longer, says the president, who is seeking to make fluency in Latvian a mandatory requirement for citizens. The Latvian leader is in Washington this week for talks with President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Among the items on the agenda: possible Latvian membership in NATO.

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