Viewing cable 05VILNIUS503
Title: LITHUANIA WANTS AND DESERVES FLEXIBLE COALITION

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05VILNIUS5032005-05-13 14:12:00 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 000503 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/NB, EUR/RPM, EUR/PM; JOINT STAFF FOR J5; DIA 
FOR DHO-2; SECDEF FOR OSD-POLICY 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/12/2014 
TAGS: MOPS MCAP PREL PGOV LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA WANTS AND DESERVES FLEXIBLE COALITION 
SOLIDARITY FUNDING 
 
REF: A. USDAO VILNIUS IIR 6 938 0039 05 
 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 367 
 
Classified By: DEFENSE ATTACHE LTC LARRY BEISEL FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND 
 (D). 
 
¶1. (C) Summary.  As they gear up to lead a Provincial 
Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan, Lithuanian 
authorities were delighted by the recent approval in 
Washington of coalition solidarity funding.  At the same 
time, in anticipation of receiving a share of these funds in 
recognition of their front-line efforts to combat terrorism, 
they are concerned about possible limitations.  In 
preparation for the PRT, Lithuania is already spending 
national funds and pulling critical equipment from units with 
simultaneous NATO missions or national transformation tasks. 
The Lithuanians would like flexibility in the rules governing 
the use of solidarity funds in order to optimize the 
contribution of these resources to the Lithuanian military. 
End Summary. 
 
¶2. (C) The GOL was delighted to learn that support funding 
for coalition members was approved recently in Washington. 
As reported in Ref A, Lithuania has volunteered to lead a 
NATO ISAF Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Ghowr 
Province, Afghanistan.  As a country with limited resources, 
Lithuania sought early assurances of both NATO and U.S. 
support.  Those assurances directly led to the GOL,s 
agreement to lead the PRT. 
 
¶3. (C)  With the approval of coalition solidarity funding, 
this Embassy will work closely with Washington and the GOL to 
ensure that any funding targeted for Lithuania fulfills 
critical PRT needs.  In the initial stages, the Lithuanians 
have two concerns, which we share.  The first is to determine 
as early as possible precisely what funding will be available 
to Lithuania and when it will be available.  The formation of 
the base elements of the PRT is already completed, and the 
actual deployment of Lithuania,s PRT support elements has 
begun.  The GOL has already obligated funding to meet PRT 
needs, and equipment procurement is in progress. 
 
¶4. (C)  The second, and most critical, concern regards the 
mechanism that will be employed to utilize these funds and 
the rules that will be attached to them.  We understand that 
reasonable limits will be placed on coalition solidarity 
funding.  At the same time, we want to make sure that efforts 
to target the assistance to the mission do not have 
unintended consequences. 
 
¶5.  (C)  Ideally, recipients will be able to purchase 
equipment specifically destined for use in the PRT, as well 
as to replace equipment that was diverted from other non-PRT 
units and/or missions in order to fill PRT needs.  For 
example, the GOL,s PRT needs rifle-mounted grenade 
launchers.  To fill this need initially, the PRT will take 
these systems from Lithuania,s Special Operations Forces, 
the only unit in Lithuania with such weapons.  In our view, 
funding rules should allow Lithuania to replace this 
equipment, which the LitSoF will require to fulfill its NRF-5 
and NRF-6 missions.  Lithuania is also purchasing PRT 
equipment with national funds originally earmarked for force 
transformation, not tied to GWOT uses.  It would like to use 
some solidarity funds to make up for this diversion of 
resources so that its transformation objective, which accord 
with our own NATO goals, does not go underfunded. 
 
¶6. (C) We understand that the mechanism for disbursement of 
coalition solidarity funding has not yet been determined.  We 
flag these issues now to ensure that the mechanism, when 
established, not only accords with U.S. interests and law, 
but also affords our coalition partners the maximum 
flexibility in the use of funds.  This, we believe, will 
maximize the funds' contribution to U.S. policy objectives, 
including the importance of keeping Lithuania's multiple 
obligations to other NATO and U.S.-led operations on track. 
Mull