Viewing cable 09VILNIUS618
Title: PARLIAMENT APPROVES AFGHANISTAN MANDATE THROUGH

IdentifierCreatedReleasedClassificationOrigin
09VILNIUS6182009-11-19 14:07:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
VZCZCXRO2801
PP RUEHIK
DE RUEHVL #0618 3231407
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 191407Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY VILNIUS
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3896
INFO RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEPGDA/USEUCOM JIC VAIHINGEN GE PRIORITY
RUFGSHD/USNMR SHAPE BE PRIORITY
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO PRIORITY 1613
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEHNO/USDELMC BRUSSELS BE PRIORITY
UNCLAS VILNIUS 000618 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL NATO LH
SUBJECT: PARLIAMENT APPROVES AFGHANISTAN MANDATE THROUGH 
2013 
 
REF: A. VILNIUS 594 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 462 
     ¶C. VILNIUS 457 
 
Lithuania's Parliament (Seimas) voted today in favor of 
extending Lithuania's mandate for its PRT and Special 
Operations Forces in Afghanistan through 2013.  The 
resolution received strong support with 73 MPs voting in 
favor, 8 against and 15 abstaining.  No single party voted 
against the measure.  The GOL has maintained its' Afghanistan 
mission as a top priority despite severe economic pressure, 
with a likely 15-20 percent decline in GDP and the 2009 
defense budget slashed by 19 percent compared to the previous 
year. 
DERSE