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On 12 October, Lithuania’s Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Evaldas Ignatavčius continued his working visit to Washington, D.C., where he met with representatives from the U.S. non-governmental organizations and think tanks, academic experts who are interested in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and European security issues.
Vice-Minister E.Ignatavičius and Washington’s OSCE expert community discussed the directions of Lithuania’s OSCE chairmanship in 2011, the upcoming challenges, such as the solving of protracted conflicts in Moldova and the South Caucasus, the agenda of the upcoming OSCE summit in Astana.

Analysts from the U.S. think tanks the Atlantic Council, the National Democratic Institute, Freedom House, the RAND Corporation, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown University, former and present U.S. diplomats, advisers to members of the U.S. Congress encouraged Lithuania to look for solutions to the problems that were important for the entire European continent, to dedicate appropriate attention to the protection of human rights, and to aim for a greater media freedom and the safety of journalists.

The Vice-Minister and the experts also discussed the enhancement of transparency of the OSCE’s political, military, economic, environmental and human rights activities.

The attention of the U.S. administration is important for the future of the entire OSCE. The U.S. academic community has pledged its support to Lithuania’s chairmanship.