Viewing cable 09VILNIUS580
Title: LITHUANIA EXPECTS TO ABSTAIN ON RESOLUTION

IdentifierCreatedReleasedClassificationOrigin
09VILNIUS5802009-11-03 15:04:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
VZCZCXYZ0000
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHVL #0580 3071504
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 031504Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY VILNIUS
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3851
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0189
C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000580 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR IO/HR (KRUCHOWSKI), IO/UNP (MORRISON), 
NEA/IPA (GIAUQUE) 
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). 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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. 
DERSE