C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000330
FROM AMBASSADOR JOHN A. CLOUD
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/09/2017
TAGS: PHUM LH BO SI BK
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA WILL NOT SUPPORT BELARUS FOR HRC SEAT
REF: A) STATE 63345 B) STATE 58036
Classified By: Ambassador John A. Cloud for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).
(C) Based upon ref B demarche delivered at the working level
(septel), and on our ongoing senior level conversations
regarding Belarus, I assess that there is no chance that
Lithuania will support Belarus for the HRC. The GOL's
priority is the success of Slovenia's candidacy. Its second
goal for the vote is keeping Belarus from gaining a seat.
Although it does not firmly support Bosnia, it would prefer
any third candidate over Belarus.