Viewing cable 09VILNIUS88
Title: (S)LITHUANIA SAYS YES: NEXT STEPS ON GTMO

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09VILNIUS882009-02-11 14:57:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET Embassy Vilnius
O 111457Z FEB 09
FM AMEMBASSY VILNIUS
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3281
INFO USEU BRUSSELS BE IMMEDIATE
S E C R E T VILNIUS 000088 
 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/NB AND S/WCI 
USEU ALSO FOR AMBASSADOR WILLIAMSON 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/10/2019 
TAGS: PTER PREL KDRG EUN LH
SUBJECT: (S)LITHUANIA SAYS YES:  NEXT STEPS ON GTMO 
DETAINEES 
 
REF: VILNIUS 68 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John A. Cloud for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (S) Summary:  Lithuania's State Defense Council met 
February 11 and made the decision to accept two Uzbek 
detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.  Urgent 
action request at para 4.  End summary. 
 
¶2. (S) The Council, which includes the President, Prime 
Minister, Speaker of the Seimas (parliament), head of State 
Security, and Chairman of the Defense Staff, also met 
February 11 with the Interior Minister, and Foreign Minister. 
Foreign Minister Usackas told Ambassador that the decision 
to accept the detainees has been made, subject to conditions. 
First, the Uzbeks must "request" to be settled in Lithuania. 
Second, the Foreign Minister must begin consultations 
regarding the legal, technical, financial, and security 
issues relating to the transfer of the detainees, and their 
presence in Lithuania.  Third, Lithuania will do this in 
conjunction with the European Commission and the EU reaching 
a common position. 
 
¶3. (S) Usackas clarified that the GOL did not want to get too 
far out in front of the EU, which would mean waiting at least 
until after a meeting of interior ministers February 26 - 27. 
 In addition, the GOL does not want this issue to become a 
part of its upcoming presidential campaign (beginning in 
mid-March and ending in early June). 
 
¶4. (S) Usackas said he had already spoken to the media 
(article e-mailed to EUR/NB and S/WCI), which he had told 
that the MFA had been tasked by the Defense Council to begin 
consultations with the USG on the possibility of accepting 
detainees.  He also told the media that what was being 
considered was that Lithuania might take "several" detainees 
and that the process would take weeks or months, not longer. 
The Foreign Minister asked whether he could confirm to the 
media that the USG had officially asked the GOL to accept 
detainees.  Post requests an immediate response to this 
question. 
 
¶5. (S) Usackas also told us that he had confirmed to French 
Foreign Minister Kouchner on Monday that the U.S. had made a 
formal request.  He expected this issue would also come up in 
his meeting with German Foreign Minister Steinmeier on 
February 12. 
 
Comment 
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¶6. (S) This is as green a light as we will get.  We believe 
the consultations the MFA will be looking for will involve 
logistics and details.  We expect that Ambassador 
Williamson's visit February 18 - 19 will be a good first 
step.  But we will have to decide whether we are prepared to 
move this very quickly (before mid-March).  If not, the 
timeline will stretch to June, at least. 
 
 
CLOUD