Viewing cable 05VILNIUS1304
Title: LITHUANIA TO DISCUSS FOREIGN DEPLOYMENTS

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05VILNIUS13042005-12-14 13:30:00 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 001304 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR PM/ISO, PM/RSAT, PM/PMAT, NEA/I, EAP, AND EUR/NB 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/13/2014 
TAGS: MARR MOPS PREL IZ LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA TO DISCUSS FOREIGN DEPLOYMENTS 
 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Officer Gregory L. Bernsteen for reasons 1.4(b) 
 and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Summary.  Parliamentary Speaker Arturas Paulauskas 
called on Lithuania's National Defense Council December 12 to 
develop a long-term strategy for involvement in Iraq and 
other foreign military missions.  Government officials 
recognize the unfortunate timing of Paulauskas's proposal, 
coming just days before elections in Iraq, and insist that it 
reflects no intention to undermine Lithuania's commitment to 
the Coalition.  Rather, they see this as an occasion to 
clarify and explain policy decisions.  Defense officials 
underscore that Lithuania will not seek to change its 
deployment to Iraq without prior consultation with the U.S. 
and other affected coalition partners.  Ambassador will be 
meeting with Paulauskas, President Adamkus and other senior 
policy makers in coming days to ensure Lithuania's commitment 
is still on track, along with continuing public diplomacy 
efforts.  End Summary. 
 
¶2. (U) Parliamentary Speaker Arturas Paulauskas sent a letter 
to President Valdas Adamkus December 12 to request that 
Lithuania's National Defense Council (NDC) take up discussion 
of Lithuania's participation in international deployments, 
specifically in Iraq.  Paulauskas told the press that his 
objective is not that the NDC make any "radical decisions." 
Rather, he indicated, he believes that the GOL should discuss 
and refine its long-term strategy regarding international 
operations, much as governments and legislatures in the 
United States and other Coalition member countries are doing. 
 Paulauskas commented that allegations of USG mistreatment of 
Iraq prisoners is one issue that the NDC has not yet 
discussed and should take up. 
 
¶3. (SBU) Defense Minister Kirkilas, along with several 
prominent parliamentarians and committee heads, jumped to 
defend Lithuania's international commitments, framing the 
proposed discussion as a useful policy-making tool.  MP 
Vaclav Stankevic, head of the parliamentary NATO Commission, 
supported the Speaker's call for discussion as a political 
necessity, noting that constituents demand information about 
Iraq. 
 
¶4. (C) MOD Undersecretary Renatas Norkus contacted the 
Ambassador December 14 at the request of DefMin Gediminas 
Kirkilas and assured the Ambassador that the Speaker's 
proposal for discussion did not represent a change in the 
GOL's strategy or commitment.  According to Norkus, "this 
debate is going on in every other country in the coalition, 
including the United States and Poland," and it is incumbent 
on Lithuanian leaders to address the issue.  President 
Adamkus has not commented on Paulauskas's proposal, but 
Norkus noted (and a presidential adviser confirmed) that the 
President will not convene a special NDC meeting for the 
purpose of this discussion, but will table it at the next 
Council meeting.  Norkus insisted that the proposal does not 
reflect a move by the GOL to reduce their deployment in Iraq, 
and that they would not consider such a move without first 
consulting fully with the USG. 
 
Next Steps 
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¶5. (C) Comment. We are planning (and have already begun) a 
rapid outreach campaign to address the concerns of 
politicians and policy-makers.  The Ambassador, along with 
his British counterpart, will call jointly on Paulauskas to 
discuss any concerns he might have in greater detail.  The 
Ambassador will also meet with President Adamkus and others 
in Lithuania's political-military leadership in coming days 
to make sure Lithuania's commitment is on track.  In the 
meantime, we will continue to press the Lithuanian government 
to adopt a high profile in responding to Iraq's December 15 
parliamentary elections. 
MULL