Viewing cable 09VILNIUS172
Title: LITHUANIA STILL COMMITTED TO AFGHANISTAN, DESPITE

IdentifierCreatedReleasedClassificationOrigin
09VILNIUS1722009-03-31 13:28:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
O 311328Z MAR 09
FM AMEMBASSY VILNIUS
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3396
INFO NATO EU COLLECTIVE
AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 
AMEMBASSY KABUL
C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000172 
 
 
FOR SCA/A:TREOTT, EUR/RPM:ACOPE, EUR/ERA:DWEISFIELD 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/29/2019 
TAGS: MOPS MARR PREL NATO AF PK LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA STILL COMMITTED TO AFGHANISTAN, DESPITE 
BUDGET SHORTFALL 
 
REF: A. STATE 28929 
     ¶B. STATE 29482 
     ¶C. VILNIUS 160 
 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian Leader, for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1. (C) We briefed Vytas Leskevicius, director of the MFA's 
Transatlantic Cooperation and Security Policy Department, on 
the conclusion of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Strategic Review 
March 26, and shared ref B White Paper March 27.  He thanked 
us for the information, and confirmed that Lithuania still 
views Afghanistan as a high priority, a sentiment echoed in 
public remarks by the Defense Minister March 30, during a 
visit to Afghanistan. 
 
¶2. (C) Leskevicius explained that, with a second round of 
significant budget cuts underway, Lithuania's already limited 
funding for foreign assistance projects in Afghanistan would 
be halved.  But Foreign Minister Usackas has tasked two Under 
Secretaries, Zygimantis Pavilionis and Asta Skaisgiryte 
Liauskiene, with finding partner countries that will fund at 
least 3 million (dollars or euros - Leskevicius noted that it 
didn't really matter which) in development programs by July. 
Lithuania also will keep its other commitments to Afghanistan 
(ref C). 
 
¶3. (C) Leskevicius said the French Charge had already 
demarched him on ideas for gendarmerie training in 
Afghanistan.  He noted that Lithuania's public security 
forces were trained by both French Gendarmerie and Italian 
Carabinieri.  Leskevicius said there was Interior Ministry 
support for Lithuanian participation in such a mission, but 
that money was lacking.  Asked to speculate on how many 
people Lithuania might contribute, if a source of funding 
could be found, he estimated ten to fifteen. 
 
 
CLOUD