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Lithuanian formin to attend UN Security Council debate in New York

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius is leaving for New York to attend a UN Security Council debate on the role of international law on peace and security on Thursday. […]

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Opinion: Assuring Lithuania’s UN Legacy

One year ago on June 18, Lithuania’s Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaitė raised her hand at the UN Security Council in New York to vote for a resolution strongly condemning military attacks against schools. The resolution also encouraged all countries to “take concrete measures” to deter the military use of schools by armed forces and armed groups in contravention of international law. […]

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Dutch and Lithuanian interests deeply intertwined, says ambassador

Ludo Segers talks to the Dutch ambassador about taking over the presidency of the European council, on why David Cameron’s speech on getting a new deal for Britain with the EU was not anti-European, on how the Netherlands security interests are intrinsically intertwined with those of Lithuania and the Baltic States, and on how a new statue to be unveiled in Kaunas will commemorate an unsung Dutch hero of the Holocaust. […]

North Korea said it tested an H-bomb
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North Korea ‘irresponsible and provocative’, Minister Linkevičius says

North Korea, which claims to have tested a hydrogen bomb, is acting irresponsibly and has violated several UN resolutions on nuclear weapons, says Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius. He is sceptical, however, the the UN Security Council will adopt any resolute measures during its extraordinary meeting. […]

Dalia Grybauskaitė, Mahmoud Abbas
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Could Lithuania mediate in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks?

During a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė stressed the need for Israelis and Palestinians to go back to peace talks. She also hinted that Lithuania could serve as a broker in the negotiations. However, with Lithuania’s record of supporting Israel and opposing any Palestinian moves to establish themselves in the international community, Vilnius would not be a likely choice for a mediator, a political scientist says. […]

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President Grybauskaitė’s visit to Switzerland to focus on security and innovation

President Dalia Grybauskaitė is going on an official visit to Switzerland on Tuesday, 6 October, at the invitation of Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga. […]

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Lithuanian foreign minister: Veto right is responsibility, not privilege

On 30 September, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in a high-level event, which was co-hosted by France and Mexico on the restraint of the veto in the Security Council in situations of mass atrocity, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Lithuania actively supports the initiative that was proposed by France and Mexico, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports. […]

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Savchenko suggests Russia be ‘stripped of veto right’ at UN

Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who is held in prison in Russia, has urged the international community to “strip” Russia of its veto right at the United Nations (UN) Security Council. […]