Viewing cable 05VILNIUS417
Title: LITHUANIAN PRT FORCE DEVELOPMENT MEETING: WHERE

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05VILNIUS4172005-04-19 11:56:00 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 SECTION 01 OF 02 VILNIUS 000417 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/NB, EUR/RPM (SWANDERSON), PM/PPA (SKWAK) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/18/2015 
TAGS: MOPS MCAP MARR PREL PGOV LH AF
SUBJECT: LITHUANIAN PRT FORCE DEVELOPMENT MEETING:  WHERE 
DID EVERYBODY GO? 
 
REF: A. VILNIUS 367 
     ¶B. RIGA 322 
 
Classified By: Political/Economic officer Alexander Titolo for reasons 
1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Summary.  Dainius Baublys, the MFA's designated POLAD 
for the Lithuanian-led Chaghcharan provincial reconstruction 
team, April 13 expressed dismay at the lack of partner 
commitments to support the PRT.  Baublys said that only few 
made firm pledges of support and only Iceland's met the GOL's 
expectations at the Force Development Conference in Vilnius 
April 12.  Stressing the urgency of the timetable for 
procurement contracts and deployment, he noted that Lithuania 
was in the midst of interagency negotiations to determine how 
to proceed, but acknowledged that the PRT Commander had not 
altered his plan for full deployment before winter.  End 
summary. 
 
¶2. (C) Icelandic, Danish, Latvian, UK, U.S. and Lithuanian 
representatives participated in a force generation conference 
in Vilnius April 12 to review plans for staging the 
Lithuania-led PRT on Chaghcharan and international 
commitments to support the plans.  The MFA's Dainius Baublys 
told us the following commitments emerged from this meeting. 
 
--  Denmark:  Five to Ten Staff Officers. 
 
Participation of the Danish Ambassador to Afghanistan in the 
March reconnaissance mission had encouraged Lithuania to 
expect Denmark to make good on its tentative plans to send 
two Military Liaison Observation Teams (MLOTS) and medical 
personnel.  Baublys said that the apparent change of plans -- 
with Denmark sending officers instead -- took the GOL by 
surprise. 
 
--  Iceland:  One MLOT (starting in mid-October), a civilian 
development expert, a maintenance specialist, a 
communications specialist and two jeeps. 
 
--  Latvia:  Will not make a final decision on its 
contribution until the end of April. 
 
Baublys's understanding is that Latvia's commitments 
elsewhere may limit their contribution to this PRT, 
originally envisioned to include one MLOT, three staff 
officers, and a force protection unit.  (Note: Embassy Riga 
reports ref B that Latvia has already decided not to 
participate in the Lithuanian-led PRT.  End note.) 
 
--  United Kingdom:  Training. 
 
The UK will consider specific requests for assistance, but 
any UK contribution would have to be drawn from assets 
already in theater. 
 
¶3. (C) Baublys calculates that, even adding three Lithuanian 
MLOTs and four civilians (one each from the Lithuanian MFA, 
MOD, U.S. DOS, and USAID), they come up short.  He said they 
need at least two to three MLOTs, an EOD, intelligence 
personnel, and airport control and maintenance capabilities. 
 
¶4. (C) We stressed in our conversation with Baublys the 
importance of Lithuania coordinating through SHAPE to secure 
support of NATO allies.  Baublys said that the GOL awaited a 
SHAPE response to the requirements list Lithuania submitted 
April 4 through its NMR (ref A).  He also stressed that 
suggestions he heard in recent meetings in Washington that 
FMF money could be used to procure equipment needed for the 
PRT were "unacceptable."  Noting concerns about the diversion 
of FMF funds from planned Lithuanian military transformation 
efforts, Baublys confided that some MFA and MOD officials are 
already nervous that insufficient contributions from allies 
will make the establishment of the PRT prohibitively 
expensive.  He estimates that they need to make contracting 
decisions for the first year of the PRT within the next two 
weeks to meet the current deployment schedule.  Baublys said 
that, while there were ongoing discussions about the PRT 
between the MFA and MOD, there was as of yet no plan to 
change the original plan for a base camp to accommodate a 100 
to 150-person contingent. 
 
¶5. (C) Comment.  GOL officials are disheartened by the lack 
of firm commitments, and they are under the gun to get the 
resources it will take to get troops on the ground.  At the 
same time, however, we suspect the MFA may be sounding the 
alarm to motivate the USG to ante up.  The GOL has invested a 
lot of political capital, both internationally and 
domestically, in achieving a successful outcome to this 
mission, and Defense Chief Tutkus made it clear during his 
visit to the United States last month (septel) that 
Lithuania's commitment is firm.  The concern about the 
diversion of FMF funds from the military's force 
modernization project, however, is one that is shared by 
Lithuania's soldiers as well as its diplomats. 
Mull