Viewing cable 08VILNIUS1040
Title: LITHUANIAN ACTIVITY TOWARD CUBA

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08VILNIUS10402008-12-11 06:00:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR WHA/CCA:DMCFARLAND 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/11/2018 
TAGS: PREL PHUM ETRD ETTC CU LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIAN ACTIVITY TOWARD CUBA 
 
REF: A. STATE 126578 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 484 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
 (C) The GOL has not established diplomatic relations with 
Cuba so dealings are limited.  Please see below for answers 
to questions from ref a. 
 
- Has the host country, in Post's opinion, worked to promote 
the advancement of democracy and human rights in Cuba?  The 
GOL is not taking active steps however Lithuania is part of 
the Friends of a Democratic Cuba and sent representatives to 
the Transition to Democracy Summit in Miami in October 2006. 
 
- Has the host country made public statements or undertaken 
other governmental actions, such as resolutions in the 
national assemblies condemning human rights abuses in Cuba? 
Or actions in support of civil society in Cuba through host 
country's diplomatic missions or other fora?  The Seimas 
(parliament) considered a resolution to start diplomatic 
relations with Cuba in November 2007 but it did not pass. 
The Baltic Working Forum on Cuba, comprised of NGOs including 
the International Republican Institute and the Eastern Europe 
Studies Center, sponsored a forum, linking the Baltic 
Experience to the Promotion of Democracy in Cuba, in October 
¶2007.  The event was held at the Seimas building and was 
attended by Lithuanian MPs as well as representatives from 
the other European states and Cuba. 
 
- Have there been any high-level diplomatic visits between 
Cuba and the host country in the past six months?  No. 
 
- Did the host country offer or deliver humanitarian or other 
assistance to the Cuban people in the wake of the major 
damage caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike?  No, however the 
GOL does contribute dues to the EU's overall humanitarian 
assistance fund. 
 
- What is the nature of investments that host country 
businesses have in Cuba?  What host country businesses 
participated in the Havana Trade Fair?  Post is unaware of 
any Lithuanian investment in Cuba.  The Statistics Department 
does not list Cuba as a separate Lithuanian investment 
destination.  Five Lithuanian companies sent representatives 
to the Trade Fair: ICC Lietuva (delegation organizer), JSC 
Bendoriu (construction), JSC Betaforma (construction), JSC 
SMS Eligita (food), and JSC Elmonta (electro-mounting).  The 
visit was arranged in cooperation with the Cuban Embassy in 
Helsinki. 
 
- Are there any bilateral trade agreements or other 
cooperative agreements between host country and Cuba?  No. 
 
- Are there any exchange programs between host country and 
Cuba, including but not limited to:  scholarships for host 
country nationals to study in Cuba; Cuban-paid medical travel 
for host country nationals; and Cuban doctors working in host 
country?  No. 
CLOUD