Viewing cable 05VILNIUS257
Title: LITHUANIA'S PRT IN CHAGCHARAN: FILLING THE RANKS

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05VILNIUS2572005-03-15 07:33:00 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 000257 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/NB, EUR/RPM, EUR/PM 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/14/2014 
TAGS: MOPS MCAP PREL PGOV LH AF
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA'S PRT IN CHAGCHARAN: FILLING THE RANKS 
 
REF: A. VILNIUS 198 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 103 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Officer Nancy Cohen for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
. 
 
 ¶1. (C) This cable contains an action request.  Please see 
paragraph 6. 
 
¶2. (C) Summary.  Kestutis Jankauskas, Director of the MFA's 
Security Policy Department, said the GOL will ask Parliament 
to double the number of troops deployable to Afghanistan. 
Jankuaskas provided an update of pledges of support on March 
10, noting that efforts to encourage allies to contribute 
personnel resources to the Lithuania-led provincial 
reconstruction team have produced few commitments. 
Jankauskas asked if the U.S. would consider sending a 
military observation team or other resources to support the 
mission.  Other PRT-related problems confronting Lithuania 
include difficulty pinning down Dari language services.   End 
summary. 
 
¶3. (C) Jankauskas told us on March 10 that the GOL projects 
that staffing a Lithuania-led provincial reconstruction team 
(PRT) in Chagcharan (Ghor Province), Afghanistan, will 
require 150 troops.  This figure, 50 percent greater than 
Lithuania's initial calculations for leading a PRT in 
Qal-e-Now, Badghis Province, reflects the difference in size 
between Badghis and Ghor.  Jankauskas described limited 
successes in the GOL's efforts to solicit pledges of support 
for the PRT from allies, as follows. 
 
-- Denmark still considering contributing two six-person 
military observation teams (MOTs). 
-- The UK is discussing sending one MOT, but has made no 
commitment. 
-- Estonia and Romania have indicated they will not 
contribute to the Lithuania-led PRT. 
-- Latvia is still considering a contribution. 
-- Sweden sends positive, if mixed, signals.  It is unclear 
if the Swedish contingent will be civilian or military. 
 
¶4. (C) Jankauskas emphasized that calculations of 
requirements may change when Lithuania conducts its 
reconnaissance of Chagcharan.  (Lithuania is planning to 
begin a reconnaissance mission March 19, weather permitting.) 
 In light of current thinking, however, and given the limited 
pledges of allied support, Jankauskas said that within the 
next 30 days the GOL will ask Parliament to double the 
mandate of deployable troops to Afghanistan from the current 
70 to 140. 
 
¶5. (C) Jankauskas informed us that Undersecretary Dalius 
Cekuolis will head a new MFA PRT working group.  He noted 
that former Minister of Defense Linas Linkevicius will assume 
de facto leadership of the group until his departure for 
Brussels in May to head Lithuania's NATO mission. 
 
¶6. (C) Jankauskas asked whether the United States would 
consider contributing personnel to support the PRT in 
Chagcharan.  He also reiterated a request for USG support and 
advice in locating interpreters and securing language 
training in Dari. 
 
¶7. (C) Comment:  Lithuania is looking within to make good its 
commitment to lead a PRT in Afghanistan, and has not balked 
at the greater demands and logistical challenges of basing 
its operations in the inhospitable reaches of Chagcharan. 
The GOL is grateful for the USG commitments already provided, 
but it will need more assistance in areas like language 
training to pull this off.  We will continue to flesh out 
Lithuania's precise requirements as the details (and price 
tags) become clearer. 
Mull