C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000580
DEPARTMENT FOR IO/HR (KRUCHOWSKI), IO/UNP (MORRISON),
USUN NEW YORK (GERMAIN)
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/03/2019
TAGS: KPAL PREL PHUM PTER LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA EXPECTS TO ABSTAIN ON RESOLUTION
STEMMING FROM GOLDSTONE REPORT
REF: SECSTATE 112828
Classified By: Acting Deputy Chief of Mission John M. Finkbeiner for re
asons 1.4 (b) and (d).
Â¶1. (C) We delivered reftel points November 3 to Rita
Kazragiene, head of the MFA's UN and Global Policy Division.
She said she had received a copy of a draft resolution
expected to be introduced in the UN General Assembly as part
of the discussion on the Goldstone Report. That draft was
received overnight by the Lithuanians from the Swedish
Presidency of the EU after the Swedes received it November 2
from the Palestinian Authority, Kazragiene told us. The two
points in the draft resolution of most concern to Lithuania
were a call to endorse the report and resolution of the Human
Rights Council concerning the Goldstone Report, and a request
to the Secretary General to have the Security Council take up
the matter. If those two points remained in the resolution,
she said, Lithuania would abstain. She said Lithuania would
consider voting no only after conferring with other EU states
and allies such as the United States.
Â¶2. (C) Kazragiene said the draft resolution she had seen did
include a request to seek convocation of the parties to the
Fourth Geneva Convention, but that it did not make any
reference to white phosphorous or other munitions. Instead,
she said, the aim was to put measures in place to enforce the
Convention in the occupied territories, including East
Jerusalem. The draft resolution also called for the
Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to take
all appropriate steps within three months to investigate the
events of last winter. Kazragiene said that Lithuania would
be hesitant to view that time limit as a trigger for a "no"
vote, but agreed that it might not provide enough time for
adequate and credible investigations.