Viewing cable 08VILNIUS473
Title: LITHUANIA IN IRAQ: WHERE THEY ARE NOW

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08VILNIUS4732008-06-17 06:16:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA IN IRAQ: WHERE THEY ARE NOW 
 
REF: VILNIUS 395 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John A. Cloud for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Advisor to the Prime Minister Mindaugas Jurkynas told 
Ambassador June 10 that President Adamkus and PM Kirkilas are 
both committed to Lithuanian troops remaining in Iraq past 
July, despite DefMin Olekas's almost daily, public statements 
to the contrary.  Jurkynas said the State Defense Council 
will meet the week of June 16 and he predicted it will agree 
that the deployment in Iraq should be extended until the end 
of this year.  MFA U/S Pavilionis gave Ambassador the same 
assurance later the same day.  An advisor to the President 
was more measured in his prediction.  He acknowledged that 
was the plan but anticipated that Olekas would push back 
strongly. 
 
¶2. (C) Lithuania is starting to look at long term interests 
in Iraq.  MFA's Middle East Division Head Irena Vedrickaite 
told us June 9 that the GOL is now considering accrediting an 
Ambassador to Iraq.  Vedrickaite predicted this new 
Ambassador will work from Vilnius because basing him in 
Baghdad is not yet feasible financially.  Another option 
would be to have the GOL's Ambassador in Cairo assume Iraq 
duties as well, however Vedrickaite said many in the MFA -- 
including her division -- will oppose this because this 
Ambassador is already accredited to six other Arab countries. 
 Vedrickaite said an Ambassadorship to Iraq is "a new item on 
the agenda" and did not give a timeline as to when someone 
will be appointed however she did say, "as the security 
situation gets better, our economic interest will increase." 
 
¶3. (C) Comment: The Lithuanians are aware that they need a 
definitive answer on their deployment in Iraq before Prime 
Minister Kirkilas' scheduled meeting with Vice President 
Cheney July 2.  End comment. 
CLOUD