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Title: LITHUANIA WISHES US LUCK FOR PRISONERS OF

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08VILNIUS5422008-07-11 13:24:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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R 111324Z JUL 08
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FOR IO/RHS AOSTERMEIER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/10/2018 
TAGS: PHUM PREL KDEM LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA WISHES US LUCK FOR PRISONERS OF 
CONSCIENCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS EVENT 
 
REF: SECSTATE 70829 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John A. Cloud for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (U) Irena Skardziuviene, Head of the MFA's UN and Council 
of Europe Division, told us on July 2 that the GOL was 
pleased with the EU-U.S. cooperation on the prisoners of 
conscience declaration.  She said that, although she was not 
clear on the details, she thought it was unfortunate that 
there was apparently some disagreement about hosting an event 
in Geneva.  She added, however, that she hopes the event in 
New York on July 24 goes well. 
 
¶2.  (C) We followed up with Darius Staniulis, head of the 
MFA's Human Rights and NGOs Division, on June 11.  He told us 
that there was ongoing discussion within the EU of whether or 
not to take a common position on the event.  He noted that 
during discussions of the Prisoners of Conscience declaration 
there was the sense that there would be two events, one in 
Geneva and one in New York, and that the Geneva event would 
come first and be more prominent.  Some in the EU are 
disappointed that it did not work out that way.  He added 
that discussions in EU circles include concerns that the 
margins of the ECOSOC meetings, which do not primarily focus 
on human rights, are not the most appropriate venue for the 
event.  He said that the GOL understands that an event in 
Geneva would be awkward, given the USG's position on the HRC. 
 He added, however, that the GOL will not commit to 
supporting the New York event in the face of a potential EU 
common position.  If there is no EU common position, he 
thinks there is a possibility that the GOL would be a 
co-sponsor of the New York event, although time is already 
short. 
CLOUD