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Lithuanian Foreign Policy Highlights

    LITHUANIAN DEFENCE MINISTER VISITS MOSCOW

    On 1 July, Lithuanian Defence Minister Linas Linkevičius was on a visit in

    Moscow where he met with Russian Defence Minister Sergey Ivanov.

    The Ministers discussed a plan of bilateral cooperation between the defence ministries of Russia and Lithuania, issues of cooperation between the servicemen of the two countries during peacekeeping operations. During the meeting, particular attention was paid to the problem of the Kaliningrad Region and transit to it, including military cargoes across Lithuania. The Ministers agreed to continue consultations on this issue in order to find a solution to it.

    GREEK EUROPEAN AFFAIRS MINISTER VISITS LITHUANIA

    On 1-3 July, a delegation headed by Greek European Affairs Minister Tassos Giannitsis paid a working visit to Lithuania.

    The Hellenic Minister met with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis, Deputy Chairman of the Seimas Vytenis Andriukaitis, and MFA Undersecretary Rytis Martikonis. The officials discussed the EU development, most relevant EU accession negotiations issues, scheduled Presidency of Greece in the EU during the first half of 2003 and EU future prospects.

    FOREIGN MINISTER OF LIECHTENSTEIN PAYS A VISIT TO LITHUANIA

    On 2 July, Foreign Minister of Duchy of Liechtenstein Ernst Joseph Walch was on a working visit to Lithuania.

    Ernst Joseph Walch met with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis, Minister of Economy Petras Čėsna, Director General of State Tourism Department at the Ministry of Economy Alvitis Lukocevičius. During the meetings, the officials discussed cooperation between Lithuania and Liechtenstein in the United Nations (UN), Council of Europe (CoE), Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), possible investments, tourism development, Lithuania's integration to the EU and NATO issues.

    EU COMMISSIONER FOR ENLARGEMENT VISITS LITHUANIA

    On 3-4 July, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Günter Verheugen was on a two-day visit in Lithuania.

    Commissioner Giinter Verheugen had meetings with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, Prime Minister Algirdas Brazanskas, Seimas Chairman Arturas Paulauskas to discuss the final stage of EU accession negotiations. The Commissioner pointed out that Lithuania has solved major issues in its pre-accession talks with the EU and now only has to address issues relevant to all candidates.

    PRESIDENTS OF BALTIC STATES MEET IN RIGA

    On 4 July, Presidents of the three Baltic states had a meeting in Riga to discuss their integration into NATO.

    During the meeting, the Presidents confirmed readiness of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to help other NATO candidate countries on their path to NATO. Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus pointed out that the meeting of the Baltic states' Presidents demonstrates persistency of the strong commitments to join NATO as well as reaffirms once again the wish of the Baltic states to work together.

    LITHUANIAN DELEGATION ATTENDS VILNIUS TEN MEETING IN RIGA

    On 5-6 July, a Lithuanian delegation led by Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas attended the Vilnius Ten group forum Riga 2002: a Bridge to Prague in Riga.

    The Lithuanian Prime Minister was accompanied by Ambassador to the US Vygaudas Ucackas, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Giedrius Čekuolis, Lithuanian Ambassador to

    NATO Gintė Damušytė and Director of MFA Multilateral Relations Department Rytis Paulauskas.

    Prime Ministers of candidate states discussed the obligations of their countries for Euro-Atlantic security, a society united by common democratic values and adopted a general political statement.

    MFA STATE SECRETARY VISITS ST. PETERSBURG

    On 6-7 July, Foreign Ministry State Secretary Evaldas Ignatavičius participated in

    the St. Petersburg-based seminar Lithuania and Russia - a Bridge to the 21 Century of

    young Lithuanian and Russian politicians and scientists devoted to the Day of Lithuanian Statehood and arranged by St. Petersburg East European International Institute and Consulate of the Republic of Lithuania.

    Representatives of Lithuanian and Russian Foreign Ministries, St Petersburg ad-ministration, Kaliningrad, Russian Federation Council and diplomats of other countries participated in the seminar.

    LITHUANIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER PAYS A VISIT TO LATVIA

    On 8-10 July, Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister Justas Vincas Paleckis was on a working visit to Latvia.

    The Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister met with Latvian Foreign Ministry State Secretary Maris Riekstins and his Deputies Ivar Pundurs and Armand Gutmanis, Foreign Ministry Secretary for Relations with the Parliament Peter Karlis Elfert and MFA Inspector General Albert Sarkinis.

    LITHUANIAN AND ITALIAN MFA'S WORKING GROUPS MEET IN ROME

    On 11 July, the first official bilateral meeting of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry working group headed by MFA Undersecretary Neris Germanas and Italian Foreign Ministry working group - by MFA East and Central European States Coordinator, Ambassador Luca Daniele Biolato took place in Rome to discuss the issue of the pre-war Lithuanian Embassy building in Rome.

    During the meeting, the parties discussed possible ways of resolving this problem.

    MFA UNDERSECRETARY PARTICIPATES AT CONVENTION MEETING IN

    BRUSSELS

    On 11-12 July, Lithuania's Representative to the Convention on the Future of the EU, MFA Undersecretary Rytis Martikonis participated at the Convention meeting in Brussels on EU foreign policy issues.

    Addressing the Convention members, Rytis Martikonis indicated that the stronger the EU will he, the better it will serve Lithuania's national and foreign policy interests. The Lithuanian Representative pointed out the importance of smooth NATO and the EU ties, regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations when strengthening the role of Europe in the world.

    LITHUANIAN DELEGATION ATTENDS CONSULTATIONS IN BRUSSELS

    On 8-11 July, a Lithuanian delegation headed by Director of MFA Multilateral Relations Department Rytis Paulauskas participated in the consultations with NATO, European Union and Belgium's MFA officials.

    The main goal of the consultations was to present Lithuania's work in creating and perfecting national crisis management system and discuss the prospects of the country's incegration into the network of analogous NATO and EU institutions.

    US ASSISTANT SECRETARY VISIT'S LITHUANIA

    On 15 July, visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Elizabeth Jones met with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, Parliamentary Chairman Arturas Paulauskas, Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis, Foreign State Secretary Giedrius Čekuolis, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Gediminas

    Kirkilas. Chairman of the Commission on NATO Affairs Vaclovas Stankevicius and Deputy Defence Minister Jonas Gečas in Vilnius.

    At the meeting with Valdas Adamkus, Elizabeth Jones told Lithuania did well in contributing to anti-terror campaign and in its EU and NATO bids.

    VILNIUS-HOSTED COE'S MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE'S SESSION PRAISED

    On July 15 in Strasbourg, the Committee of Ministers (CM) of the Council of Europe (CoE) thanked Lithuania for organising the 110th session of the CM in Vilnius.

    The approved Report notes that excellent preparation, active participation of rep-resentatives of member states, reports on key issues and the important documents adopted have justified the expectations of the chairing country and member states.

    POSITION OF LITHUANIA'S MINORITIES PRESENTED IN GENEVA

    On 16 July, Lithuanian Ambassador to the Permanent Mission to the United Nations Algimantas Rimkūnas delivered a report on the position of national minorities in Lithuania at die World Civil Society Forum in Geneva.

    The report centred on the protection of rights and liberties of national minorities in Lithuania.

    LITHUANIAN PRESIDENT MAKES VISIT IN ITALY

    On 16-17 July, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus was on a working visit in Italy.

    Vaidas Adamkus met Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciarnpi, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Chairman of Senate Marcello Pera and leader of the House of Deputies Pier Fcrdinando Casini.

    The Lithuanian President, Italian Prime Minister and President discussed bilateral business and economic relations, intensification of cultural and military ties, Lithuania's integration into the EU and NATO and the recovery of a pre-war Lithuanian embassy in Rome.

    LITHUANIAN PRESIDENT VISITS POLAND

    On 18 July, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus attended a mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in the Polish city of Krakow at the invitation of Archbishop Cardinal Franciszek Macharski.

    Polish and Slovak Presidents Aleksander Kwasniewski and Rudolf Schuster also participated in the mass. After the mass, the Polish President hosted a dinner in honour of the Lithuanian and Slovak leaders. The Presidents discussed NATO and European Union enlargement and regional cooperation.

    LITHUANIAN PRIME MINISTER VISITS KALININGRAD REGION

    On 18 July, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas conducted a one-day visit to the Kaliningrad region.

    Algirdas Brazauskas met with Kaliningrad Governor Vladimir Yegorov at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the museum of Lithuanian literature classic Kristijonas Donelaitis in Chystye Prudy (Tolminkieniis). The meeting of the officials focused on visa policy and environment issues.

    LITHUANIAN PRESIDENT VISITS CZECH REPUBLIC

    On 18-19 July, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus visited the Czech Republic at the invitation of the Prague-based Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

    In Prague, Valdas Adamkus held interviews with Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla, Czech Deputy Defence Mi n ister and former ambassador to Lithuania Stefan Fuele, and the government commissioner for the preparation of the Novemher NATO Summit in Prague Alexandr Vondra.

    FOREIGN MINISTER RECEIVES EU COMMISSIONER'S LETTER

    On 23 July, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis received EU External Relations Commissioner Christopher Patten's letter emphasising that any decision on the Kaliningrad Region will also have to be approved by the candidate countries including Lithuania.

    The Commissioner reminded that while implementing decisions of the European Council made at the Seville Summit the Commission would consult Lithuania and Poland before submitting proposals to the EU member states.

    CHIEFS OF LITHUANIAN-RUSSIAN INTERGOVERNMENTAL BODY MEET

    On 25 July, Chairmen of the Lithuanian-Russian intergovernmental commission - Lithuanian Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis and Russian Transport Minister Sergey Frank - met in Lithuania's seaside resort Palanga.

    The ministers discussed activities of the intergovernmental body and the preparations for the enlarged session of the commission scheduled to take place in Moscow in the autumn.

    LITHUANIAN FOREIGN VICE-MINISTER VISITS KALININGRAD

    On 26 July, Lithuanian Foreign Vice-Minister Justas Vincas Paleckis made a visit to Russia's Kaliningrad Region to discuss development of bilateral regional cooperation.

    During the meetings of the Foreign Vice-minister with Kaliningrad Region's Duma Chairman Vladimir Nikitin, officials of the regional and city administrations, the discussions centred on the promotion of cooperation between Lithuanian and Kaliningrad regions and local authorities within the framework of projects Baltics, Nemunas, and Sun.

    LITHUANIAN PRESIDENTS MEETS FOUR COUNTERPARTS IN AUSTRIA

    On 26-27 July, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus was on a working visit in Salzburg, Austria, where he met Austrian President Thomas Klestil, Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Estonian President Arnold Rüütel and Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio.

    The Presidents discussed the activity of EU institutions, the common security policy and cooperation in the defence area addressing such issues as the fight against organised crime, illegal migration, money laundering and drug smuggling and touched upon the question of visas for the Kaliningrad Region.

    LITHUANIAN AND RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTERS MEET

    On 29-31 July, Lithuanian Defence Minister Linas Linkevičius held meetings with

    Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov, who was on a working visit in Lithuania.

    Lithuanian and Russian officials discussed bilareral military ties, participation in the anti-terrorist campaign, cooperation in the region, transit of Russian military cargo, visa

    regime with Kaliningrad and exchanging of reports on the major military exercises held on the territories of the two countries.

    LITHUANIAN PRESIDENT AND KALININGRAD GOVENOR HAVE MEETING

    On 1 August, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus and the Governor of Russia's Kaliningrad Region Vladimir Yegorov met in Lithuania's seaside resort Palanga.

    Valdas Adamkus and Vladimir Yegorov agreed upon the necessity to further develop bilateral political economic and cultural ties and exchanged opinions on implementation of joint projects in the fields of transport, energy, environment, health care, etc.

    BALTIC AND POLISH PRESIDENTS HOLD QUADRIPARTITE MEETING

    On 2 August, Estonian Arnold Rüütel, Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, and Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski held a four-way meeting in Palanga seaside resort.

    The Presidents discussed the European Union and NATO integration, cooperation between Visegrad and Vilnius 10 groups and development of infrastructure projects.

    LITHUANIAN AND POLISH PRESIDENTS HOLD BILATERAL MEETING

    On 2 August, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus and Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski held a bilateral meeting in Palanga seaside resort.

    At the meeting, the Presidents discussed Aleksander Kwasniewski's visit in the US, promotion of closer cooperation between the Visegrad and Vilnius Ten groups, strengthening of ties with Ukraine, the Kaliningrad Region, the countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia and holding of conference for experts on coordinating the fight against terrorism in Vilnius in autumn.

    RUSSIAN PRESIDENTS ENVOY FOR KALININGRAD VISITS LITHUANIA

    On 11-12 August, Russian President Vladimir Putin's Special Envoy for Kaliningrad matters, Chairman of Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee Dmitryi Rogozin made a visit to Lithuania.

    Dmitryi Rogozin met with Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas, Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis, Chaitrnan of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, Lithuanian President's Special Envoy for Kaliningrad matters Gediminas Kirkilas, committee members Justinas Karosas, Egidijus Vareikis and Alvydas Medalinskas.

    TURKISH DEFENCE MINISTER MAKES OFFICIAL VISIT IN LITHUANIA

    On 12-13 August, Turkish Defence Minister Sabahattin Cakmakoglu was on an official visit in Lithuania.

    Sabahattin Cakmakoglu met with Lithuanian Parliamentary Chairman Arturas Paulauskas, Defence Minister Linas Linkevičius, Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis,

    Parliamentary National Security and Defence Committee Chairman Alvydas Sadeckas and Commander of Lithuanian Armed Forces, Major General Jonas Kroiikaitis. The officials discussed Lithuania's preparation for NATO membership.

    PRIME MINISTER ALGIRDAS BRAZAUSKAS PARTICIPATES AT MEETING IN

    RIGA

    19 August, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas took part m the eighth annual meeting of Baltic and Nordic states' Prime Ministers in Riga.

    The meeting aimed at discussing the EU and NATO enlargement as well as cooperation between the eight countries in the energy sphere. The officials voiced their conviction that the Baltic states would complete EU accession talks by the end of the year, pointing at their good chances to get the invitation to join NATO member countries.

    PRESIDENT VALDAS ADAMKUS MEETS WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS VICE

    PRESIDENT

    On 20 August, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus had a meeting with a member of the British House of Lords, World Jewish Congress Vice President Lord Janner at the President's Office in Vilnius.

    The officials discussed the implementation of the project on marking of Holocaust graves in Lithuania. Lord Janner suggested that building of 201 special stones marking the Holocaust-related places would make location of such sites much easier.

    PRIME MIN1STERALGIRDAS BRAZAUSKAS PARTICIPATES AT MEETING IN

    RIGA

    On 19 August, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas took part in the eighth annual meeting of Baltic and Nordic states' Prime Ministers in Riga.

    The meeting aimed at discussing the EU and NATO enlargement as well as cooperation between the eight countries in the energy sphere. The officials voiced their conviction that the Baltic states would complete EU accession calks by the end of the year, pointing at their good chances to get the invitation to join NATO member countries.

    LITHUANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER PARTICIPATES AT MEETING IN TALLINN

    On 26 August, Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis participated at the annual Foreign Ministers' meeting of the Nordic and Baltic states - Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden in Tallinn.

    During the meeting, the ministers discussed the issues of NATO and EU enlargement, Europe's future and regional cooperation.

    ANTANAS VALIONIS TAKES PART IN CONFERENCE IN GREENLAND

    On 27 August, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis took part in EU member and partner states' conference in Ilulisat, Greenland.

    The conference discussed the implementation of the Northern Dimension Initiative Action Plan.

    HEAD OF LITHUANIAN DIPLOMACY PARTICIPATES IN REGIONAL

    CONFERENCE IN SWEDEN

    On 29-30 August, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis participated in EU regional conierence "Partners in Prevention" in Helingborg, Sweden.

    At the conference high-ranking UN, NATO, EU and OSCE officials discussed possibilities of closer international organisations' cooperation in solving conflict prevention issues.

    LITHUANIAN DIPLOMATS MEET WITH FINISH MFA STATE

    SECRETARY

    On 2 September, Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister Justas Vincas Paleckis had a meeting with visiting Finish MFA State Secretary Antti Satuli.

    During the meeting, the officials discussed a prospect of Lithuania's NATO membership. Antti Satuli indicated that Finland considers Lithuania as a NATO member in the near future. The officials also discussed regional cooperation issues, paying particular attention to cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic states in the framework NB 8 (the eight Nordic and Baltic countries).

    SEMINAR ON EU EXTERNAL BORDERS CONTROL TAKES LACE IN VILNIUS

    On 3 September, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry together with the German European Policy Institute arranged a seminar to discuss the prospects of EU external borders protection.

    Lithuanian MFA State Secretary Evaldas Ignatavičus, Finish MFA State Secretary Antti

    Satuli, former German representative at the EU Dietrich von Kyaw, experts of Lithuanian and German internal ministries delivered their reports at the seminar.

    PRESIDENTOFLITHUANIA VISITS LATVIA

    On 3-4 September, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus was on a two-day state visit to Latvia.

    Valdas Adamkus had meetings with Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Prime Minister Andris Berzins and Riga's Mayor Gunars Bojars. President Adamkus' meeting with the President of Latvia focused on political and economic cooperation and Euro-Atlantic integration.

    CHIEF EUNEGOTIATOR MEETS EC OFFICIALS IN BRUSSELS

    On 6 September, Lithuania's Chief Negotiator with the EU Petras Auctrevičius

    met European Commission (EC) officials in Brussels to discuss the progress Lithuania made over the past year in its preparations for EU membership.

    Petras Auctrevičius met with EC Director General for Enlargement Eneko Landaburu, EC Lithuanian division Chief Anders Henriksson and other officials.

    FOREIGN MIN1STERMEETS WITH HIS COUNTERPARTS ON US VISIT

    On 10 September, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis, who ac-companied President Valdas Adamkus on his visit to the US, met his Hungarian counterpart Laszlo Kovacs.

    The Ministers discussed NATO enlargement and the issues of the process of the negotiations with the EU. The Hungarian Minister once more noted that Hungary supports Baltic states' membership in the Alliance. During the meeting the issues of opening die Lithuanian

    LITHUANIAN NEGOTIATORS VISIT BRUSSELS

    On 12 September, Lithuanian negotiators with the EU were in Brussels on a working visit.

    The Lithuanian delegation had a round of technical consultations with the European Commission on conditions of funding the closure of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant.

    ROUND TABLE ON EURO-ATI-ANTIC SECURITY ISSUES HELD IN VILNIUS

    On 12 September, the third annual round table between Lithuania and Great Britain on Euro-Atlantic security was held in Vilnius, traditionally organized by the Lithuanian MFA together with the British Association for Central and Eastern Europe.

    Politics, diplomats, security experts and academicians discussed general security situation after the September 11 terrorist attacks, dynamics of NATO and EU enlargement, its consequences and considered the issues of Euro-Atlantic space policy implemented towards the new neighbours.

    LITHUANIAN PRESIDENT VISITS USA

    On 8-13 September, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus was on a working visit to the USA.

    In Chicago the Lithuanian President delivered a speech at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations presenting Lithuania's key foreign policy goals - integration into the EU

    and NATO. Valdas Adamkus presented Lithuania's economic situation and foreign investment environment at the Commerce Chamber of Chicago.

    LITHUANIA PRESIDES OVER UN CONFERENCE COMMITTEE'S MAIN

    SESSION

    On 9-13 September, Lithuania presided over the main session of the United Nations Conference Committee.

    The UN Conference Committee performs the planning of UN subdivisions events, analysis of planning and usage of human and financial resources, provides its conclusions and recommendations to UN subdivisions and secretariat.

    BALTIC PARLIAMENTARY CHAIRMEN MEET IN PA1ANCA

    On 14 September, Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian Parliamentary Chairmen Arturas Paulauskas, Janis Straume and Toomas Savi met at Lithuania s seaside resort Palanga.

    During the meeting the Chairmen discussed possible scenarios of holding rereren-durns on EU membership in the three Baltic states.

    UZBEKISTANI PRESIDENT VISITS VILNIUS

    On 23-25 September, Uzbekistan! President Islam Karimov was in Vilnius on an official visit.

    The President of Uzbekistan had meetings with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas and Parliamentary Chairman Arturas Paulauskas. The officials discussed boosting of bilateral economic and political contacts, development of cultural exchange and the topical issues of international politics.

    LITHUANIAN CHIEF NEGOTIATOR MEETS HIS COLLEAGUES IN WARSAW

    On 25 September, Lithuania's Chief Negotiator with the EU Petras Auctrevičius

    met his nine colleagues from EU aspirant countries in Warsaw in a meeting designed to declare their determination to complete the pre-accession talks by the end of this year.

    Other items on the meeting's agenda included the final stage of EU membership talks and EU's proposals on enlargement funding. The Chief Negotiators of the ten candidate countries passed a joint resolution reiterating their readiness to successfully finish the pre-accession talks this year.

    LITHUANIAN FORKIGN MINISTER MEETS RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR

    On 26 September, Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis met with Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Lithuania Yurij Zubakov.

    The Chief of the Lithuanian diplomacy acquainted the Russian Ambassador with the decision of the Lithuanian Government of September 25 to denounce the provisional agreement between Lithuanian and Russian Governments concerning travel of citizens of both countries signed on 24 February 1995.

    ITALIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS VISIT LITHUANIA

    On 29 September - 1 October, a delegation headed by Chairman of European Affairs Committee of the Houses of Representatives Giacomo Stucchi and Chairman of the Senate of the Italian Republic Mario Greco visited Lithuania.

    The Italian parliamentarians met with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, Chairman of the Seimas Arturas Paulauskas, Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis, Chief Negotiator with the EU Petras Auštrevičius and representatives to the Convention on the Future of the EU.

    DELEGATION OF COE DIRECTORATES VISITS LITHUANIA

    On 1 October, a delegation of CoE General Secretariat Directorate Chiefs including Director of Strategic Planning Directorate Jean-Louis Laurens, Director of Human Rights Directorate Jane Elisabeth Dinsdale, Director of Local and Regional Democracy Directorate Philip Blah- and Director of Foreign Affairs Directorate Johannes de Jonge visited Lithuania.

    The CoE officials met with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis, Deputy Foreign Minister Justas Vincas Paleckis, Foreign Ministry State Secretary Evaldas Ignatavičius, and Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Darius Jurgelevičius.

    FOREIGN MINISTRY UNDERSECRETARY VISITS BRUSSELS

    On 2-3 October, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Giedrius Čekuolis was on a visit

    in Brussels, where he met with Turkish, British and French Ambassadors to NATO, also with the US and Denmark Deputy Ambassadors to NATO in the Alliance 's headquarters.

    During the meetings, MFA Undersecretary Giedrius Čekuolis presented the forth

    Annual National Programme with a view to Lithuania's preparation for NATO membership and spoke about the prospects of regional cooperation.

    LITHUANIAN REPRESENTATIVES PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS IN

    BRUSSELS

    On 3-4 October, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Rytis Martikonis and Deputy Chairman of the Seimas Vytenis Andriukaitis participated in the Convention's for the Future of the EU eight sitting in Brussels.

    The sitting discussed principle of Subsidiarity and conclusions of the Legal status of the EU.

    LITHUANIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY STATE SECRETARY PARTICIPATES IN

    POLITICAL CONSULTATIONS IN TALLINN

    On 3-4 October, Foreign Ministry State Secretary Evaldas Ignatavičius participated in four-party political consultations involving Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Denmark, which presides over the EU in the second half of 2002, in Tallinn.

    Main copies of the consultations between the Baltic and Danish diplomats were the EU, NATO and relations with Russia. Evaldas Ignatavičius also had bilateral meetings with his

    Danish and Estonian counterparts Friis Aarne Petersen and Priit Kolbe.

    LITHUANIAN FOREIGN STATE SECRETARY VISITS KALININGRAD REGION

    On 8 October, Lithuanian Foreign Ministry State Secretary Evaldas Ignatavičius

    visited the Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation.

    During the visit Evaldas Ignatavičius met with the heads of the region's administration. During the meetings the officials discussed the preparation to the event initiated by the Council of Europe - the meeting of the interregional cooperation councils of Lithuania, Poland and the Russian Federation.

    LITHUANIAN PRESIDENT PAYS A WORKING VISIT TO GERMANY

    On 8-11 October, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus was on a four-day visit to Germany.

    The Lithuanian President had a meeting with German President Johannes Rau, which focused on Lithuania's integration into the EU and NATO and economic cooperation between the two countries.

    US DELEGATION COMES TO VILNIUS

    On 10 October, a US delegation headed by US Ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns visited Lithuania.

    The delegation included US State and Defence Department, Army and US NATO Mission and US Mission to NATO officials. The goal of the visit was to introduce to the Lithuanian political leadership US position on NATO enlargement and a time table starting with the upcoming meeting of chiefs of NATO states in Vilnius.

    LITHUANIAN PARLIAMENTARY CHAIRMAN VISITS BRUSSELS

    On 15 October, Parliamentary Chairman Arturas Paulauskas participated in the discussions in Brussel on Kaliningrad transit.

    The debate, embracing leaders of the European Parliament, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian legislative bodies and the Kaliningrad regional Duma, was designed 10 discuss the future transit of Russian citizens to and from Kaliningrad via Lithuania.

    LITHUANIAN MPS TAKE PART IN COPENHAGEN CONFERENCE

    On 15-16 October, Chairman of Seimas European Affairs Committee Vytenis Andriukaitis and Deputy Chairman Egidijus Vareikis participated at EU Parliaments’

    European Affairs Committees' Chairmen conference in Copenhagen.

    During the conference, Vytenis Andriukaitis pointed out that Lithuania will be a trustworthy EU partner in the negotiations with Russia solving transit through Lithuania issues.

    LITHUANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER PAYS A VISIT TO DENMARK AND

    FRANCE

    On 16-17 October, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis paid a visit to Denmark and France where in the meetings with these countries' officials discussed the issues related to EU enlargement.

    In Copenhagen, Antanas Valionis had meetings with Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Muller and EU Enlargement Commissioner Giinter Verheugen.

    US SENATOR VISITS LITHUANIA

    On 19 October, Republican Richard Shelby, Vice-Chairman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, was on a visit to Lithuania.

    The Senator had a meeting with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus. The meeting addressed the issues of future NATO enlargement, bilateral Lithuanian - US ties and relations with the neighbouring states.

    LITHUANIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER PARTICIPATES AT MINISTERIAL

    CONFERENCE ON NORTHERN DIMENSION

    On 21 October, Deputy Foreign Minister Justas Paleckis participated in Ministerial Conference on the Northern Dimension in Luxembourg.

    During the meeting, Justas Paleckis made a statement in which he welcomed the new draft Action Plan of the Northern Dimension and presented Lithuania's position that more active EU-Russian cooperation, Kaliningrad region development issues and smooth accession of candidate countries to the EU should be reflected in the document.

    FOREIGN MINISTRY STATE SECRETARY HAS CONSULTATIONS IN SWEDEN

    On 21 October, Lithuanian Foreign Ministry State Secretary Evaldas Ignatavičius

    participated in consultations with Swedish officials on the Kaliningrad Region issues in Stockholm.

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