Viewing cable 05VILNIUS946
Title: LITHUANIA: INTERESTED IN COMBATING AVIAN

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05VILNIUS9462005-09-09 10:06:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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UNCLAS VILNIUS 000946 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/NB 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: EAGR EAID ECON PREL SOCI TBIO KSCA LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA: INTERESTED IN COMBATING AVIAN 
INFLUENZA, BUT STILL STUDYING U.S. PROPOSAL 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 164134 
 
     ¶B. SECSTATE 153802 
 
 ¶1. Summary.  The Government of Lithuania is fully engaged on 
the Avian Influenza issue.  The Ministry of Health is in the 
process of drafting the Government's national action plan, 
and Health Minister Zilvinas Padaiga told the Ambassador that 
the GOL would "be very supportive" of the USG's initiative. 
The Ministry of Agriculture has animal testing and public 
outreach plans in place, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
is considering the USG proposal.  End Summary. 
 
¶2. Ambassador raised the issue of combating Avian Influenza 
during a meeting with the Health Minister on September 6. 
 
¶3. We delivered our proposal for the International 
Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza (IPAPI) to Lina 
Gubreviciute of the MFA's Americas Desk and to Kristina 
Stakyte of the Ministry of Agriculture's Food and Veterinary 
Department. 
 
¶4. Gubreviciute told us that this issue was a new one for the 
MFA and that they had yet to consider it carefully.  Drawing 
on reftel points, we stressed the danger that Avian Influenza 
poses and the importance of international cooperation to 
address the risks.  We described the USG's IPAPI proposal and 
asked for the GOL's commitment to join. 
 
¶5. Stakyte told us that Avian Influenza has not appeared in 
Lithuania, but that her Department is taking concrete steps 
to prevent its spread.  She said, among other efforts, the 
Veterinary Department has drafted a contingency plan which 
the European Commission has approved; established several 
infectious disease control centers, including a veterinary 
control post near a large migratory bird roost; put in place 
a system for communicating with the public through mass 
media; provided recommendations to poultry farmers on 
avoiding contacts between wild birds and domestic poultry; 
and plans to test several hundred birds for Avian Influenza 
this year. 
 
Comment 
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¶6.  The GOL is engaged on this issue.  Since the Lithuanians 
are still in the process of drafting inter-agency action 
plans and the MFA has only recently taken up this issue, the 
GOL cannot yet commit to our proposed partnership.  All 
indications so far, however, are favorable.  We will report 
any additional information we receive. 
MULL