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At the Community of Democracies (CoD) Governing Council Ministerial meeting in Washington D.C., on 15 September, the Lithuanian delegation was headed by the Ambassador of Lithuania to the United States of America Rolandas Kriščiūnas.

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The session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention on 14 September in Montenegro admitted that Belarus, when developing the Ostrovets nuclear power plant (NPP) project, had violated the right of the public under this Convention to receive information and to participate in environmental decision-making. Thus, it  has been acknowledged for the 3rd time that Belarus does not comply with its international obligations under the Aarhus Convention.

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During the 22nd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in China, Lithuania was elected to the Executive Council for 2018-2021 for the first time and re-elected as the Vice-Chairman of the Regional Commission for Europe. 

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania supports the United Nations Security Council resolution of September 11 on additional sanctions against North Korea.

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On the margins of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 on 12 September in Warsaw, Poland, Lithuania and its international partners, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), organised a discussion on threats posed by NGOs that are funded by Russia and other countries.

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On 11 September, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania, Ambassador Irena Vaišvilaitė presented her letters of credence to the Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) Michaëlle Jean. The Ambassador will serve as the Lithuanian President’s personal representative to this organization.

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On 6 September, the Ambassador of Lithuania to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Vidmantas Purlys presented his letters of credence to the Director-General of the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW Ahmet Üzümcü.

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On 4 September in London, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania attended the Nordic-Baltic (NB8) and the UK Foreign Ministers’ meeting to discuss important security issues related to transatlantic ties, security in the region, the situation in North Korea and the Middle East, and the future of relations between the United States and Europe. Much attention was dedicated to the large-scale Russian 2017 Zapad military exercises in Belarus. The Foreign Ministers also considered options to ensure a more coordinated response to strategic challenges and hybrid threats.

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On 22 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Nordic Council’s parliamentarians from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The meeting discussed the security situation in Ukraine and in the region, evaluated the joint effort and measures to fight against propaganda, hybrid and cyber threats. The interlocutors also shared their insights into the future implementation of the Eastern Neighbourhood Policy.

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On 21 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with members of the OECD delegation led by the Director for Legal Affairs and the coordinator for Lithuania’s accession Nicola Bonucci. The meeting focused on important issues related to the country’s accession and further activities.

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At the informal ministerial meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe that opened in the Austrian town of Mauerbach on 11 July 2017 Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Neris Germanas, drew attention to the deadlock in the negotiations on the Russian aggression against Ukraine and called on the OSCE to continue prioritising them in the OSCE agenda.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, participated in an international ministerial conference on 6 July in London to discuss the agenda and implementation of Ukrainian reform. Minister Linkevičius noted that Ukraine needed a strong European prospect, as well as support for the implementation of its reforms and a comprehensive economic investment programme.

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“Kremlin’s information warfare targeted at the West has reached a hot phase. Therefore if we want to win the war, we must consolidate even more of our efforts and be more resolute and united,” the head of the Lithuanian foreign office noted at the high-level conference in Riga “The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017”.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, opened the international conference “Safety of Journalists – New Challenges and Responses” in Vilnius on 3 July 2017 where the current situation of the safety of journalists in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) region, the most urgent challenges in journalists’ activities and possible international responses were discussed.

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On 27 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and the CERN Director-General, Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, who arrived in Lithuania with a delegation of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), signed an agreement between Lithuania and CERN, granting the status of an associate member state of CERN to the country. Lithuania will become the fifth associate member state  of CERN and, thus, will join the organization that has 22 member states and hosts about 12,000 scientists.

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