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Title: LITHUANIAN PARTICIPATION IN THE NEW WAY FORWARD IN

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SUBJECT: LITHUANIAN PARTICIPATION IN THE NEW WAY FORWARD IN 
IRAQ 
 
REF: A) VILNIUS 121 B) TALLINN 277 C) STATE 54925 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Rebecca Dunham for Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d 
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¶1. (C) We have been working intensely with the GOL to 
maintain the Lithuanian troop presence in Multinational 
Division South East (MND-SE) since the February announcements 
of British and Danish troop drawdowns from Basra.  Following 
what appeared to be internal wrangling over what Lithuania's 
next steps should be (ref A), our high-level discussions on 
the future role of Lithuanian troops in Iraq have been nearly 
constant.  Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Debra 
Cagan visited Vilnius on March 26 and pressed for the 
continued Lithuanian commitment of a combat formation in 
Iraq.  Later, during the U.S.-Baltic Bilateral Working Group 
meetings, April 10-12 in Tallinn, OSD Principal Director for 
European and NATO Policy Anthony Aldwell also raised the 
GOL's future participation in the Iraq coalition (ref B).  In 
addition, the Ambassador, DCM, and DATT have discussed this 
issue in depth on numerous occasions with senior-level 
interlocutors, up to and including President Adamkus and 
Prime Minister Kirkilas. 
 
¶2. (C) Based on comments from the Lithuanian Ministry of 
National Defense and our DATT,s conversations with his 
British and Danish counterparts, we know that the current 
Lithuanian contingent in Iraq is wholly dependent for 
logistical support upon the Danes, and, through them, the 
British.  The GOL met with British MOD representatives on 
April 20 to discuss how Lithuanian troops in MND-SE could 
continue to receive logistical support, and what their 
mission would be.  The British side presented two options. 
One was participation in a force protection element.  Aside 
from purely static defense, this option would also require 
active patrolling in an exclusion zone around the guarded 
facility.  The second option focuses on training.  The 
Lithuanians could conceivably do both missions as long as the 
force protection element is fully manned and equipped at all 
 
times.  The GOL seems satisfied with these options, but has 
not chosen one yet.  All GOL interlocutors have made it clear 
that the role and size of the GOL presence will be a 
political decision, but have also reassured us that 
Lithuanian troops will remain in Iraq in some capacity. 
 
¶3. (C) We will continue to work with the GOL's leaders as 
they decide on Lithuania's future role in Iraq. 
CLOUD