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Title: LITHUANIA CONSIDERS HOW TO HELP WITH THE CUBAN

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07VILNIUS7752007-10-30 12:13:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/28/2017 
TAGS: UNGA PHUM CU LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA CONSIDERS HOW TO HELP WITH THE CUBAN 
HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION 
 
REF: STATE 147620 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR JOHN CLOUD FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
¶1. (C) We delivered reftel points to Head of the America's 
Division of the MFA, Lina Gubreviciute, on October 24. 
Gubreviciute told us that although Cuba is not a high-profile 
issue for Lithuania the MFA might be interested in 
cooperating on one or more of the projects in reftel.  She 
said that the GOL would like to see what the EU response is 
to this demarche before cooperating either within the EU or 
bilaterally on some projects.  Gubreviciute promised to 
respond to us with possible areas of cooperation once they 
are identified. 
 
¶2. (U) Lithuania is the only country in the EU that does not 
have diplomatic relations with Cuba.  On October 18 the 
International Republican Institute (IRI) and Vilnius 
University hosted a Baltic Working Forum on Cuba.  The forum 
clearly raised the profile of the human rights situation in 
Cuba for the GOL and ordinary Lithuanians.  The event was 
attended by well known Parliamentarians such as Estonian MP 
Mart Laar, as well as experts and exiled Cuban dissidents. 
Though some in attendance questioned the value of the U.S. 
embargo, everyone recognized the suffering caused by the 
current regime and more than one Lithuanian MP publicly said 
that this was not the time to open relations with Cuba. 
CLOUD