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Title: LITHUANIAN DEFENSE MINISTER REQUESTS HELP IN

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SUBJECT: LITHUANIAN DEFENSE MINISTER REQUESTS HELP IN 
AFGHANISTAN 
 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR JOHN CLOUD FOR REASONS 
1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
¶1. (C) On May 28, Ambassador Cloud and Defense Attache met 
with Lithuanian Minister of Defense Juozas Olekas (other 
issues discussed to be provided septel).  Olekas requested 
U.S. help in getting Lithuanian Joint Tactical Air 
Controllers (JTAC) certified by NATO.  He said that some of 
Lithuania's SOF soldiers who are about to deploy have been 
trained on these skills in the United States, although they 
are not permitted to use them in Afghanistan because they 
have not been certified by NATO.  Also, he understood that 
USAID funding for civilian projects in Ghor Province will 
decrease.  Lithuania intends to double its national 
contribution for these projects next year.  He asked that 
USAID maintain or increase its funding in this very poor 
province. 
 
¶2. (C) Olekas also voiced concern that the Afghan government 
intends to rebuild the runway at Chagcharan.  The runway is 
currently a dirt strip.  If the planned "improvement" takes 
place, larger aircraft such as C-130s will not be able to use 
the airfield because the pavement will not be thick enough. 
Olekas said that, ironically, the runway is more capable now 
than it will be after the planned reconstruction.  He asked 
the USG to influence the Afghan government to improve the 
runway to a level that can support C-130 aircraft. 
 
CLOUD