I thought you meant you were replacing the lock above the plate area.
According to my book, in order to remove the latch there are three screws: one behind the lock, and two right next to it, much closer than the ones in your pic. The book doesn't mention anything about the touring model. Those circle look a lot like the plastic retaining clips elswhere in the car. You may be able to pry them up and out, and then remove the trim.
<span style='color:gray'><span style='font-family:Courier'>1995 e36 3 Series RIP
1999 e46 3 Series BURN IN HELL
2000 MR-S Roadster= Current</span></span>
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