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Title: LITHUANIA CONSIDERING DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH

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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA CONSIDERING DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH 
CUBA 
 
Classified By: Consul James Fellows for reasons 1.4 b and d 
 
¶1.  (U) This is an action request -- see para four. 
 
¶2.  (C) MFA Americas Director Jonas Paslauskas told us 
December 13 that the GOL was mulling the establishment of 
diplomatic relations with Cuba.  He cited two reasons for the 
review of its current policy.  First, he noted an increasing 
volume of Lithuanian tourist travel to Cuba, which has 
resulted inter alia in some Lithuanian citizens being 
imprisoned there for what he called the "usual misbehavior." 
Second, he said, was the GOL's sense that it was out of step 
with the rest of the European Union -- Lithuania, he said, is 
currently the only EU country without diplomatic relations 
with Cuba.  While the MFA has received some inquiries about 
this discrepancy from other EU states, Paslauskas noted that 
GOL officials who encounter GOC representatives are lobbied 
relentlessly for a policy change.  He added that Lithuania 
does not envision opening an Embassy in Havana.  (The GOL has 
only one Latin American Embassy, in Buenos Aires.) 
 
¶3.  (C) Paslauskas hastened to add that the GOL was in no 
great rush to establish diplomatic relations; would not make 
any change in policy before President Adamkus's February 
visit to Washington; and welcomed USG input on its decision. 
He also noted that Lithuania, given its tragic history of 
suffering under Soviet Communists, was under no illusions 
about the nature of the Cuban regime.  At the same time, he 
pointed out, "we have diplomatic relations with countries 
like China and Belarus, and so do you." 
 
¶4.  (C)  ACTION REQUEST: We would appreciate guidance on how 
to respond to the GOL on its Cuban trial balloon. 
CLOUD