President of the Republic of Lithuania

Lithuania and Denmark to pursue common goals

2009-08-31
Monday, August 31, Vilnius - President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė received Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark Per Stig Møller.

The President and the Danish Foreign Affairs Minister discussed the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region underway, the framework of NATO's new strategic concept, Eastern neighbourhood issues, and opportunities for closer cooperation between Denmark and Lithuania in Afghanistan.

According to Lithuanian President, Lithuania intends to participate actively in the process of shaping NATO's new strategic concept. In the President's opinion, Article 5 of the Washington Treaty must define the principle of territorial defence in a new fashion, considering the new nature of emerging threats. According to the President, the new strategic concept must envisage specific defence plans for the Baltic states.

President Grybauskaitė underlined the need for a stable and flexible policy in NATO's relations with Russia.

The President said Afghanistan remained a priority both for NATO and Lithuania, and Danish contribution by concrete projects to the development of the Ghor province would be highly welcomed.

The Head of State stressed the importance of the Baltic Sea strategy aimed at creating an environmentally sustainable, prosperous, accessible and attractive, and safe and secure region. The strategy is pending approval by the Council of Europe in October.

On the issue of energy security, Lithuanian President and Danish Foreign Affairs Minister shared the view that a true energy independence may be achieved with the help of a more active development of alternative renewable energy in the European Union. According to the President, focus on alternative energy will help Europe to honour its pollution reduction commitments to be discussed by state leaders in the Copenhagen Summit in December.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2009.08.31 17:44

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