UNCLAS VILNIUS 000343
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL MARR AF LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA OFFERS TO HOST CONSULTATIONS ON PRTS IN
Â¶1. Lithuanian MFA Senior Counselor for Afghanistan
Valdemaras Sarapinas presented DCM June 22 with a proposal
for Lithuania to host consultations for countries with PRTs
in RC(W) as a follow-up to the Rome meeting March 2008.
Serapinas said Lithuania found the Rome meetings very useful
and are interested in hosting similar discussions in Vilnius
Â¶2. Please advise.
Â¶3. BEGIN TEXT OF PROPOSAL:
Provincial Reconstruction Teams Regional Command (West)
Â¶1. RC(W) PRTs Rome Consultations, which was held in March
2008, was a useful effort to review security challenges and
successes in stablilizing the region, to exchange ideas on
future developments, reconstruction and development
endeavors, to share views on new Afghan government
initiatives. The Consultations provided an opportunity to
audition the leading nations' positions on the issues from
their capitals' perspective.
Â¶2. New developments on the ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan
and recently introduced new nations strategy papers on
Afghanistan provide a solid base for discussions on how
nations seek to implement those policies. Regional
perspective is important here as well.
Â¶3. Vilnius Consultations will aim at assessing the security
and stability situation in the region since 2008; informing
nations on RC(W) HQ's and PRTs' activities, their
achievements; discussing perspectives on security enhancement
and development, implementation of strategies; considering
collective initiatives and projects.
Â¶4. Participants: Representatives from the capitals, NATO HQ
and ISAF HQ would be essential prerequisite; other RC(W)
contributing nations; UNAMA, EUPOL representatives, nations'
Special envoys on Afghanistan - desirable.