Viewing cable 06VILNIUS429
Title: LITHUANIA: CAN'T YET CONFIRM SUPPORT FOR SMALLPOX

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06VILNIUS4292006-05-10 14:25:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA: CAN'T YET CONFIRM SUPPORT FOR SMALLPOX 
REPOSITORIES 
 
REF: SECSTATE 71569 
 
¶1. (SBU) We spoke with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) 
and the Ministry of Health (MOH) on the importance of 
maintaining the U.S./Russian smallpox repositories in light 
of the upcoming May 22-27 discussions on the smallpox 
resolution at the World Health Assembly (WHA).  The head of 
the MOH's International Relations Section, Viktoras Meizis, 
told us on May 9 that he believed Lithuania favored keeping 
the repositories.  He added, however, that he needed to check 
with other GOL agencies to verify this position.  As of May 
10, Meizis, who will attend the WHA, was unable to confirm 
Lithuania's stance. 
 
¶2. (SBU) The MFA's Director of Multilateral Relations, Rokas 
Bernotas, told us on May 5 that the GOL had not yet 
formalized its position, but promised to inform us about how 
the GOL intends to vote at the WHA meeting.  (NOTE: 
Bernotas's deputy told us on May 9 that the GOL still had not 
formalized its position.) 
 
¶3. (U) We will continue to urge the GOL to formalize a 
position that supports our goals and will report when there 
is a clear decision. 
KELLY