Viewing cable 06VILNIUS773
Title: LITHUANIA WILL MAKE MODEST CONTRIBUTION TO UNIFIL,

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06VILNIUS7732006-08-17 14:39:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0493
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RHEHNSC/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000773 
 
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SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR P, EUR, NEA, PM, IO, PASS NSC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/16/2016 
TAGS: MARR MOPS PREL LE LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA WILL MAKE MODEST CONTRIBUTION TO UNIFIL, 
BUT PROBABLY NOT COMBAT TROOPS 
 
REF: STATE 134133 
 
¶1. (U) Classified by Ambassador John A. Cloud for reasons 1.4 
(b) and (d). 
 
¶2.  (C) On the margins of the Ambassador's presentation of 
credentials ceremony August 17, top Lithuanian foreign policy 
planners expressed Lithuania's willingness in some way to 
contribute to UNIFIL.  Ambassador delivered reftel demarche 
to MFA Under Secretary Albinas Januska and Head of MFA's 
Americas Department Jonas Paslauskas immediately before  the 
ceremony.  Januska said that the GOL would do "something" for 
UNIFIL, but that its scope and nature was not yet defined. 
He said that small humanitarian or financial contributions 
from Lithuania were possible, but doubted that Lithuania 
would send peacekeeping troops.  (Note:  MFA and Defense 
Ministry officials had earlier mentioned the possibility of 
sending Lithuania's water purification unit, but they 
admitted that it was too early to comment on the likelihood 
or feasibility of this option.) 
 
¶3. (U) Publicly, the GOL continues to make positive noises 
about helping support a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.  In 
remarks to the press August 17, PM Kirkilas said, "It is in 
the interests of Lithuania as a member of the United Nations 
to establish peace as soon as possible and contribute to it 
as much as possible." 
 
¶4. (C) Comment:  While we believe that there is genuine 
political will to contribute to UNIFIL, we take our 
interlocutors at all levels at their word that any 
contribution will be modest.  Lithuania's other commitments 
abroad, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq, remain paramount 
to the GOL,  foreclosing the possibility of significant 
contributions to other hotspots like Lebanon. 
CLOUD