Ambassador Vaidotas Verba presented his letter of credence to the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Dr. Robert Floyd
On September 17th, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the International Organizations in Vienna Ambassador Mr. Vaidotas Verba presented his letter of credence to the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Dr. Robert Floyd.
During the meeting, Ambassador Vaidotas Verba and the CTBTO Executive Secretary exchanged their views on the issues high on the organization’s agenda, including the importance of the Treaty's entry into force, timely payments of assessed contributions to the Organization's budget which are essential for smooth operation of the International Monitoring Station System (IMS), the forthcoming Article XIV Conference to be held on September 23-24, 2021. The Executive Secretary pointed out that the entry into force of the Treaty is undoubtedly important, but as important is the practical application of its provisions, which have been successfully applied and working. Executive Secretary stated that one of his main priorities’ is to ensure the smooth operation of the CTBTO Secretariat and its decentralization, therefore his aim is to establish the position Chief of Cabinet in the Office of the Executive Secretary.
Dr. R. Floyd expressed his appreciation for Lithuania’s active participation and reminded about the possibilities to take part in available training to improve expert capabilities and to ensure smooth operation of National Data Center (NDC). Ambassador V. Verba assured that Lithuania would continue to seek close cooperation with the Executive Secretary and the CTBTO.
On 14-15 October, Ambassador Vaidotas Verba, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the International Organizations in Vienna, participated at a conference „ODIHR: three decades and ready for the future Democracy, human rights and security“ marking the 30th anniversary of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
On 24 June 2021, in Vienna, at the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Lithuania rejected Russia’s accusation of serious human rights violations. Lithuania’s representative informed the Council about her country’s commitment to a policy of zero tolerance towards anti-Semitism, racism, intolerance, xenophobia and other manifestations of hate. She also reaffirmed that the rights of national minorities in Lithuania are guaranteed by the Constitution and that its laws fully conform to its international commitments. Lithuania also actively promotes media freedom and freedom of expression, and strictly adheres to international commitments in this area.
On 2 February, on the initiative of Lithuania, the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states sent letters to the heads of the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), condemning the use of violence against peaceful protesters by Russian authorities and calling on the international community to take immediate action to stop mass detentions of protestors and journalists across Russia.
December 17, 2020
I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the Moscow Mechanism invoking participating States: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, as well as the following countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.