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Linas Linkevičius

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On 25 June the Permanent Missions of Austria, Germany and Lithuania in Geneva together with the UN Women and OHCHR organised a side event in the margins of the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in order to discuss how to adequately address trafficking in women and girls and their exploitation in the context of global migration, to end prevailing impunity of perpetrators, and to ensure rehabilitation and social inclusion of victims.

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On 26 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius received the outgoing Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates Yousif Eisa Hassan Eisa Al Sabri. The Foreign Minister thanked the Ambassador for the support of the UAE institutions for the opening of the Embassy of Lithuania in Abu Dhabi and for his attention to the annual Arab Culture Days in Lithuania.

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On 25 June, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations, Ambassador Audra Plepytė was elected as Chair of the fifth Meeting of States parties to the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. A. Plepytė is the first representative of the Eastern European Group to chair the meeting of the States Parties to the Convention after its entry into force in 2010.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania expresses its regret regarding the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). In the early morning of 25 June in Strasbourg, PACE decided to amend its Rules of Procedure, weakening its sanctions mechanism, and opening the way for the unilateral return of the Russian delegation to PACE.

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On 24 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, and all members of the Order of Malta on St. John's Day. St. John the Baptist is the Order's patron saint.

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On 20 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the ceremony of unveiling the memorial plaque, dedicated to the Yiddish Scientific Institute (YIVO). The memorial plaque at Vivulskio Str. 18 marks the site, where the YIVO building stood from 1933 until its destruction in 1944. YIVO was established in 1925 in Vilnius and now continues its activities as the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York after its relocation in 1940.

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Lithuania welcomes the conclusions of the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and the launch by the Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands on 20 June of the criminal prosecution against the four suspects, who are now facing murder charges in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.

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On 18 June, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Japan Gediminas Varvuolis conferred the award of honor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Lithuania's Diplomacy Star – on the Director of the Japan-Lithuania Exchange Centre (JLEC) Kenjiro Tamaki. The Mayor of Toyohashi Koichi Sahara and delegation members, the former Japanese Ambassador to Lithuania Kazuko Shiraishi, many JLEC members, and other friends of Lithuania attended the awards ceremony.

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On 18 June in Luxembourg, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council, which finalized preparations for the European Council meeting of 20-21 June.

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On 18 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius bade farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of Romania Dan Adrian Balanescu. He served as Romania’s Ambassador to Lithuania  from the end of 2012.

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On 18 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius bade farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of Germany to Lithuania Angelika Viets.

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On 18 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Vice President of the Parliament of Montenegro, Chair of the Montenegro-Lithuania parliamentary Friendship Group Genci Nimanbegu, and other members of the group.

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Lithuania follows events in Moldova with concern, as the country is presently facing a difficult crisis, said the Minister L. Linkevičius in the Foreign Affairs Council on 17 June in Luxembourg. The Lithuanian Foreign Minister stressed the important role of political dialogue in the peaceful transition of power.

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On 17 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

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On 14 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the new Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu.

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