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Title: LITHUANIA ON EU HUMAN RIGHTS THEMATIC RESOLUTIONS

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07VILNIUS6222007-09-04 13:21:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA ON EU HUMAN RIGHTS THEMATIC RESOLUTIONS 
 
REF: SECSTATE 122654 
 
¶1.  We delivered reftel points to Darius Staniulis, Head of 
the MFA's Human Rights and NGOs Division, on September 4.  He 
noted that there were some issues -- capital punishment and 
the Rights of the Child text -- where the EU and the U.S. 
have "agreed to disagree," but he added that overall the EU 
and the U.S. are excellent partners on human rights issues. 
 
¶2.  Regarding the HRC reporting to the Third Committee prior 
to reporting to UNGA, he said there needs to be a balance 
between procedure and independence for the HRC.  He said that 
requiring the HRC to report through the Third Committee would 
erode its independence, and the GOL would be unlikely to 
support such a requirement.  He added, however, that last 
year's approach by the chair of the HRC to speak to the 
General Assembly and then to the Third Committee was 
unworkable.  Regarding the Rights of the Child text, he said 
that even in the EU the notion is gaining ground that the 
text is too extensive and should be shortened.  He said the 
EU considers elimination of capital punishment a "big 
priority" and that the GOL supports the EU position. 
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