Lithuanian government passes a decision to recall its ambassador to Azerbaijan

Lithuanian government passes a decision to recall its ambassador to Azerbaijan
# 28 August 2013 14:12 (UTC +04:00)

APA reports quoting Delfi agency that the proposal of Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius to recall the ambassador was approved by the government.

According to the Constitution of Lithuania, to appoint and recall ambassadors are in the competence of president. An order on the recall of the abovementioned ambassadors has been submitted to the president. It is offered to recall the ambassadors on September 30.

The proposal of Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius to recall their ambassadors to Azerbaijan and Hungary was refused at meeting of the committee on Monday. The foreign minister said that he will address the government.

The records are said to have been uploaded to youtube.com on 8 July, 2013, in one of which, two Lithuanian diplomats are said to be involved in a conversation. It is presumed that one of the diplomats is Zenonas Kumetaitis, deputy director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Eastern Neighbourhood Policy Department, and the other one is Renatas Juška, Lithuania’s Ambassador to Hungary. The men in the recording are having an informal conversation about Azerbaijan-Armenia relations, personal opinions on the conflict between the two countries, Azerbaijani and Armenians’ active participation in the resolution of issues related to them at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the establishment of a group of friendship with Nagorno-Karabakh in the Lithuanian Seimas.

“I consider it right to call Nagorno-Karabakh as Artsakh. I am supportive of those who lead Armenians,” the man, named as Juska said.

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