UNCLAS VILNIUS 000240
STATE FOR EUR/NB AND RPM
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL MOPS AF LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA WELCOMES U.S. OFFICER ASSIGNMENTS TO PRT
REF: SECSTATE 38904
Â¶1. This cable contains an action request in para 3.
Â¶2. DCM informed MFA Undersecretary Dalius Cekuolis March 8,
per reftel, of the USG plan to assign a State Department
Officer (retired FSO Michael Metrinko) and a USAID officer to
the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in
Chagcharan, Afghanistan. Cekuolis expressed delight at the
USG's gesture, and said he would be interested in meeting
Metrinko during Cekuolis's visit to Washington April 4-5.
We understand, however, that Metrinko is likely to be in
Afghanistan at that time.
Â¶3. We request the Department's assistance in arranging a
conference call between Metrinko and GOL officials before
Metrinko departs for Afghanistan. Alternatively, should
Metrinko's schedule change making him available for a meeting
with Cekuolis prior to Metrinko's departure for Afghanistan,
we request that the Department facilitate such a meeting
during the Undersecretary's visit.