C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000480
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/23/2016
TAGS: AF MARR MOPS PREL LH UZ
SUBJECT: GOL TO ENGAGE KYRGYSTAN ON MANAS AIRFIELD,
UZBEKISTAN ON TERMIZ TRANSIT
REF: STATE 81543
Classified By: Pol/econ officer Traver Gudie for reasons 1.4 (b,d)
Â¶1. (C) We delivered reftel points to Vytautas Leskevicius,
Head of the MFA's NATO Division, May 24, and asked the GOL to
urge Kyrgystan to allow continued access to Manas airfield.
Leskevicius said that this is an important issue for all ISAF
coalition partners, and that Lithuania would try to find the
best way to engage Kyrgystan. He noted that Lithuania has no
diplomatic representation in Kyrgystan, but said he thought
the GOL could raise the issue with Kyrgyz counterparts
through their respective embassies in Moscow.
Â¶2. (C) Leskevicius said that since April the government of
Uzbekistan has similarly denied Lithuania permission to
transit through its Termiz airbase en route to Chagcharan,
Afghanistan. Leskevicius said that Lithuania's PRT has had
to reroute its flights through Turkmenistan, but hopes that
this is a temporary solution. Leskevicius told us that the
GOL is engaging Uzbekistan to find a more acceptable solution.