C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000247
FOR S/WCI: CWILLIAMSON
FOR EUR/PGI: NCOOK
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/06/2017
TAGS: PREL PTER PHUM PINR KAWC LH
SUBJECT: GUANTANAMO REFUGEES: LITHUANIA FAVORABLY DISPOSED
TO ACCEPT A FEW
REF: A. VILNIUS 216
Â¶B. STATE 37005
Â¶C. STATE 36991
Classified By: Charge Tom Kelly for reasons 1.4(b) and 1.4(d)
Â¶1. (U) This is an action request. See para five.
Â¶2. (C) Following up on his conversation with the Ambassador
(ref a), MFA Under Secretary Pavilionis told CDA April 3 that
the GOL has made the political decision to accept a small
number of detainees from the Guantanamo facility as requested
in reftels b and c. Before his government proceeds,
Pavilionis requested more information from the USG. To that
end, he said, the GOL would welcome a team from Washington to
visit Vilnius to discuss the issue in depth with a select
group of high-level Lithuanian national security officials
drawn from the Foreign Ministry, the President's staff, and
other appropriate agencies.
Â¶3. (C) Key issues of interest to the GOL include:
-- What would be the GOL's obligations (in terms of financial
support and security, for example) to any detainees accepted
-- Where would the GOL be expected to house them? A prison?
A refugee center? In society at large?
-- What is the USG's public diplomacy strategy for such a
transfer? If the GOL accepts detainees, should it so state
in the press? What, if anything, will the USG say about such
Â¶4. (C) As far as we are aware, Lithuania has no communities
of any of the nationalities mentioned in reftels b and c,
with the possible exception of a few Uzbeks. We are trying
to obtain information on whether and where Uzbeks are located
in this country.
Â¶5. (C) Action Request: We would appreciate a response by
OOB April 11 to the GOL's request for a visit. The
Ambassador will meet the Prime Minister on April 11 and the
Foreign Minister on April 13.