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Title: LITHUANIA: SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR UN HUMAN RIGHTS

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09VILNIUS6552009-12-07 06:20:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA: SEEKING CANDIDATES  FOR UN HUMAN RIGHTS 
COUNCIL 
 
REF: STATE 120835 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 
 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (C)  We discussed reftel points on December 2 with Julius 
Rakitskis, head of the MFA's Human Rights Division.  He said 
that while he and other colleagues would be in favor of 
Lithuania seeking a seat on the UN Human Rights Council 
(HRC), MFA leaders apparently have decided not to do so, 
largely because upcoming leadership roles in the OSCE and EU 
will stretch thin the ministry's resources.  Rakitskis 
suggested that if the United States wished to persuade 
Lithuania to seek a seat on the HRC, the Ambassador or 
another high-level Department official should make an 
approach to Foreign Minister Usackas. 
 
¶2.  (C)  Currently, Lithuania has only two diplomats in 
Geneva to cover all of the international organizations based 
there.  As it prepares to take on the chairmanship of the 
OSCE in 2011, the MFA is preparing to beef up its presence in 
Vienna and Warsaw, Rakitskis said.  It also will add 
personnel in Brussels before taking on the EU presidency in 
¶2013.  In general, however, Lithuania is in severe budgetary 
straits, and the MFA has had to bring some diplomats back 
from abroad to save money. 
 
¶3.  (C)  Rakitskis said that Estonia already is campaigning 
openly for a seat on the HRC in 2012, and that he and his 
colleagues have learned that Latvia will seek an HRC seat in 
¶2014. 
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