Viewing cable 05VILNIUS1188
Title: GOL CONTRIBUTING TO NATO MISSION IN PAKISTAN

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05VILNIUS11882005-11-04 14:32:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 001188 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/NB 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/03/2015 
TAGS: EAID PHUM PREL PK LH
SUBJECT: GOL CONTRIBUTING TO NATO MISSION IN PAKISTAN 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 200915 
 
     ¶B. SECSTATE 196411 
     ¶C. VILNIUS 1136 
 
Classified By: Political/Economic Officer Alexander Titolo for reasons 
1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (U) Summary: The GOL is heeding NATO's call for 
contributions to its relief effort in Pakistan by sending 
water purifications specialists and equipment to the affected 
region under the Alliance's umbrella.  This comes on top of 
the GOL's previous financial (104,000 USD) and material 
(tents and heaters) donations to international aid efforts. 
GOL officials are trying to leverage their military assets to 
play a meaningful role in this relief operation, while 
acknowledging that their ability to further increase 
financial contributions is limited.  End summary. 
 
¶2.  (U) The Ambassador discussed ref A points November 2 with 
Minister of Defense Gediminas Kirkilas.  Kirkilas reviewed 
Lithuania's contributions to Pakistan relief efforts thus 
far, and detailed plans to send the water purification team 
to Pakistan.  US Air Force will move 10 troops from Lithuania 
to Pakistan on or about November 8.  The GOL is working 
through NATO to transport two water purification trucks from 
Chaghcharan, Afghanistan, where they were in use by 
Lithuania's Provincial Reconstruction Team, to Pakistan.  The 
GOL expects the trucks to reach Pakistan by November 12. 
This mission did not require parliamentary approval, but the 
MOD nonetheless sought and received support from the Foreign 
Affairs and National Security and Defense Committees. 
 
¶3.  (C) The Lithuanian military also scoured its inventory 
for Mi-17 helicopter parts in response to our request (ref 
B), but determined that it was unable to donate parts from 
its small inventory without compromising its own current 
operations. 
 
¶4.  (U) Laurynas Jonavicius of the MFA's Development 
Assistance Division told us November 4 that the GOL will 
likely not be able to increase its 104,000 USD donation in 
the future (ref C). 
 
¶5.  (SBU) Comment: The GOL's keenness to participate in 
NATO's Pakistan mission underscores its support for the 
broadened geographic and functional role the Alliance has 
taken on.  Limited financial resources require the GOL to 
seek creative ways to contribute to international operations. 
MULL