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Title: LITHUANIA'S FINAL ANSWER: NO TROOPS TO UNIFIL

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06VILNIUS7932006-08-24 13:41:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/23/2016 
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA'S FINAL ANSWER: NO TROOPS TO UNIFIL 
 
REF: A) VILNIUS 789 AND PREVIOUS B) SECSTATE 134133 
 
¶1. (U) Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Rebecca Dunham for 
reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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. 
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