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Echo of Lithuanian scandal in Georgia2009-12-21 15:13
Recently Lithuanian president Dalya Gribauskayte called to revoke Mechis Laurinkus, the Ambassador to Georgia, through loss of confidence. Basically the Baltic leader made use of her right. It seems the scandal has nothing to do with Georgia. But it's not exactly so. Why?
For many an unexpected revocation of Ambassador to Georgia Mechis Laurinkus is a diplomatic scandal - all the more through the loss of confidence. "For almost a month I have doubted whether the ambassador is in Georgia and it's been a month since it was discussed with the Foreign Ministry. I would like diplomats on their service not to forget this is diplomatic service. If a diplomat is going in for political maneuvering he must take up a different profession", - Gribauskayte said at a press conference, RIA Novosti reports.
It will be remembered that before starting his diplomatic career Mechis Laurinkus was at the head of state security department. He went to Tbilisi immediately after the five-day war in August. It was an urgent transfer from Spain where he had been in charge of the diplomatic mission since 2004 - right after withdrawal from state security. However an established public opinion is that commitment to state security service never ends.
Now that Lithuania is in the middle of the scandal on CIA's secret prisons it turns out that Laurinkus could be directly involved in the affair as well as in president Rolandas Paxas's impeachment. The latter was against opening such a prison in Lithuania which as it is revealed now was the reason why he lost his presidency.
The information that in 2004-2005 a secret CIA prison was set up in Lithuania was disseminated by ABC News. It had an effect of a bomb explosion in Vilnius. Local political figures immediately started denying any facts and confirming ignorance. Even then President Valdas Adamkus assures he didn't know anything.
Now a parliamentary investigation is gathering pace in Lithuania. Literally yesterday the Seym adopted president Gribauskayte's decree on "voluntary" resignation of Povilas Malakauskas from the post of chief of state security department. Officially no reason for resignation is reported, ITAR-TASS reports. Though chairman of parliamentary committee for defense Arvidas Anushaukas made it clear that it was all about the CIA secret prison scandal in Lithuania.