C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000877
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/20/2018
TAGS: MOPS MARR NATO AF LT LH
SUBJECT: (C) LITHUANIA STILL CONSIDERING TRAINING PRESENCE
IN AFGHANISTAN; WILL INCREASE SPECIAL OPS FORCES
REF: A. STATE 97991
Â¶B. VILNIUS 492
Classified By: Charge Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)
Â¶1. (C) Post discussed reftel points October 15 with MoND
Acting Director of International Operations Migle Budryte and
her Deputy, Bartas Trakymas. Budryte said the MoND is still
considering an increased training presence in Afghanistan and
will let us know when a decision is final.
Â¶2. (C) On a related note, Budryte revealed that the
Lithuanians will be raising the number of SOF from
fifty-three to eighty-one starting in February 2009 for a
nine month rotation. She said that six of the new SOF will
be assigned to protect the Lithuanian mission in Kabul.
Budryte also said that the Lithuanians had received a final
refusal from the Latvians on contributing their own SOF to
Lithuania's February rotation (ref b).