|05VILNIUS490||2005-05-11 09:34:00||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy Vilnius|
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C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000490
1. (C) We delivered reftel points regarding the U.S.
proposal to increase visibility over the civilian element of
ISAF's Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) on May 6 to
Gediminas Varvuolis, Head of the MFA's NATO Division, Alvydas
Kunigelis, Acting Director of the MOD's Department of
International Relations, and LTC Gintautas Zinkevicius,
Commander of the Lithuanian-led PRT being deployed to
Chaghcharan, Afghanistan. Varvuolis commented that one of
the first things that he and other GOL officials noticed when
they began planning their PRT mission is the dearth of
information available on civilian operations in ISAF. He
said that he will be in touch with GOL representatives at
NATO who are taking part in the Periodic Mission Review, and
stated that the GOL "will very much support this proposal."
2. (C) Kunigelis and Zinkevicius at the MOD were equally
supportive. Zinkevicius was enthusiastic about establishing
a repository for regular reporting and assessment of civilian
activities in PRTs. Zinkevicius pointed out that this could
complement the online donor assistance database that the
Government of Afghanistan has established to track aid flows
into the country.