Viewing cable 07VILNIUS312
Title: DETAINEE RESETTLEMENT CABLES FOLLOW-UP INFORMATION

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07VILNIUS3122007-05-03 14:56:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET Embassy Vilnius
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FOR S/WCI:CWILLIAMSON, MLAVINE, SMUBANGU, EUR/PGI:ANORMAN 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/02/2017 
TAGS: PTER PINR LH
SUBJECT: DETAINEE RESETTLEMENT CABLES FOLLOW-UP INFORMATION 
 
REF: A) STATE 54924 B) VILNIUS 247 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Rebecca Dunham for Reasons 1.4 
(b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (S) Summary:  Lithuania remains interested in pursuing 
detainee resettlement, but is still waiting for answers from 
the USG before it can proceed.  This message provides answers 
to questions posed in ref A.  End Summary. 
 
¶2. (SBU) As requested ref A, post designates Michael 
Dickerson as POC for Guantanamo Bay detainee resettlement 
issues in Lithuania.  Mr. Dickerson's office phone is (370) 5 
266-5547, e-mail dickersonml@state.gov, and classified e-mail 
is dickersonml@state.sgov.gov. 
 
¶3. (C) As mentioned ref B, Lithuania has no significant 
minorities of Egyptians, Mauritanians, Somalis, Palestinians, 
Sudanese, or Chinese Uighurs.  The latest Lithuanian census 
data shows 3 or fewer of each living in Lithuania. 
 
¶4. (C) Lithuania does, however, have 1,631 Uzbeks, according 
to the most recent census.  A representative of a local NGO 
representing the Uzbek community, Kuisin-oi Zujiene, told us 
that there are some small Uzbek communities in Kaunas, 
Klaipeda, and Mazeikiai.  These communities maintain some 
Uzbek customs, traditions, and culture.  Mrs. Zujiene told us 
that many Uzbeks, however, have intermarried and assimilated 
into ethnically Lithuanian communities. 
 
¶5. (C) Presidential advisor Halina Kobeckaite, who 
specializes in minority issues, asserted to us on May 2 that 
nearly all of the Uzbeks living in Lithuania were 
intermarried, and that although there are three NGOs 
representing the Uzbek community, none of them is very 
active.  Kobeckaite also told us that there are only four 
mosques in Lithuania.  They are located in Kaunas, Raizai, 
Butrimonys, and Keturiasdesimt Totoriu; there is also a small 
Muslim prayer room in Vilnius. 
 
¶6. (C) Lithuania does not have sufficiently strong political, 
economic, historic or other ties to third countries that 
might serve as alternate destinations for specific detainees, 
and that might enable it to work with the USG to persuade 
third countries to accept detainees. 
 
¶7. (S) MFA Americas Director Jonas Paslauskas asked us May 2 
about the status of USG efforts to send a team to provide 
more in-depth information on GOL options in assuming 
responsibility for a small group of detainees.  The 
Lithuanians agreed in principle to this request from 
Washington on April 3 (ref B). 
CLOUD