Viewing cable 09VILNIUS115
Title: DRAFTING JEWISH PROPERTY RESTITUTION LAW,

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09VILNIUS1152009-02-26 12:14:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/26/2019 
TAGS: PHUM PGOV LH
SUBJECT: DRAFTING JEWISH PROPERTY RESTITUTION LAW, 
GOVERNMENT FAILS TO CONSULT WITH KEY JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John A. Cloud for reasons 1.4(b) and (d). 
 
¶1. (U) The GOL on February 24 published its latest proposal 
to resolve the long-festering issue of restitution of 
communal Jewish property seized by the Nazi and Soviet 
occupiers of Lithuania.  The draft calls for the government 
to pay 113 million LTL (about USD 42 million) in installments 
from 2011 to 2021, but includes no provision for return of 
any real estate.  The amount is only two-thirds the 170 
million LTL (USD 63 million) discussed by the previous 
government just three months ago.  The new draft says the GOL 
retains the right to alter the payment schedule if the 
government determines itself to be in financial difficulty. 
Funds would be funneled to a foundation that the GOL would 
define Later.  The process by which the government reached 
its valuation remains opaque. 
 
¶2. (C) At a February 20 meeting with leaders of the 
Lithuanian Jewish Community (LJC), Prime Minister Kubilius 
had committed to using the Lithuanian Jewish Heritage 
Foundation, which had been set up by the LJC and the World 
Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) as the mechanism for 
effecting restitution, with the government having no say in 
its operation.  However, we understand because of the PM,s 
concerns that including specific information about the 
foundation in the bill would generate too much opposition 
from a small, but vocal, group, the bill is purposefully 
silent on this issue. 
 
¶3. (C) COMMENT: We believe that Kubilius truly wants the 
restitution issue resolved, quickly and in good faith. 
However, it remains unclear whether the local or 
international Jewish communities will accept a draft that 
ignores six years of delicate negotiations.  End comment. 
CLOUD