UNCLAS VILNIUS 000271
FOR IO/T ROBERTS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SENV TPHY LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA: WMO SHOULD REMAIN WEATHER-FOCUSED
REF: STATE 47359
We delivered reftel points to Vida Auguliene, Director of the
Hydrometeorological Service, and to Dalia Kraulyte, Head of
the MFA's Multilateral Relations Department, on April 13.
Both indicated that the MFA is minimally involved in the
GOL's relations with the World Meteorological Organization
(WMO). Auguliene added that, because of resource
constraints, the GOL has no plans to expand the MFA's role.
She added that she corresponds directly with the GOL's
mission in Geneva and only rarely with the MFA in Vilnius.
Auguliene said she would be the GOL's sole representative at
the WMO's Congress in May in Geneva. Auguliene said the GOL
shares the USG's concern that the WMO not overextend itself.
The GOL feels the WMO should limit its concerns to "weather,
climate, and water." Auguliene said the GOL agrees that the
WMO should become more transparent while remaining a
technically-focused, and not politically-focused,