C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000793
STATE FOR EUR/NB, NEA, PM
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/23/2016
TAGS: MARR MOPS PREL LH LE
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA'S FINAL ANSWER: NO TROOPS TO UNIFIL
REF: A) VILNIUS 789 AND PREVIOUS B) SECSTATE 134133
Â¶1. (U) Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Rebecca Dunham for
reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).
Â¶2. (C) Lithuania will not be making troop contributions to
the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), despite
earlier indications of its serious desire to do so.
Lithuania's Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense issued a
joint statement August 23 declaring that Lithuania saw no
possibilities to contribute to UNIFIL. Middle East desk
officer Jurate Ramoskiene confirmed to us August 24 that
consideration of the issue was over and this was a final
decision with respect to the current appeal.
Â¶3. (C) Comment: The decision not to send troops to Lebanon
does not come as a complete surprise. The GOL had repeatedly
told us (ref A) that if it made a troop contribution, it
would be small. It takes seriously its pre-existing
commitments in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo, and is feeling
stretched. The 300,000 lita (about 87,000 euro) Lithuanian
pledge of humanitarian assistance to UNIFIL, though small,
came quickly. In addition, we hope that the GOL will press
its European partners to do more to ensure peace in Lebanon.