Lithuania in the News
10th January 2016
|Lithuania Concludes its Two Year Term on the UN Security Council|
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius chairing a session
of the UN Security Council. Next to him is the UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon. Photo courtesy urm.lt
Lithuania has come a long way since it first joined the United Nations on September 17, 1991. Membership of UN Security Council has conferred on Lithuania considerable visibility worldwide and Lithuania has become an influential player within its region. Its Presidency of the Security Council has been well received internationally and Lithuania is now a highly regarded member of the international community, as well as a respected participant in world affairs.
An important and strategic interest to Lithuania during its term on the UN Security Council has been the conflict in Ukraine. Lithuania has initiated many meetings of the Security Council to discuss the situation in Ukraine and in the Russia-annexed Crimea. Ukraine itself has now been elected to UN Security Council for the two year term 2016 – 2017, so it is certain that the situation in Ukraine will continue to be kept in the forefront of the Security Council’s deliberations.