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Hillary Clinton to Lithuania this week

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will this week visit Hungary and Lithuania as part of a tour focused on promoting human rights and democracy.

Clinton will be in Budapest for the opening of the Lantos Institute, named after Tom Lantos, the Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor and outspoken global human rights advocate who died in 2008.

The event "is an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to pluralism," said Tomicah Tillemann, a senior advisor for civil society and emerging democracies.

The top US diplomat will also meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi as Hungary's right-wing government comes under fire over the direction it has been taking the country.

On the 30th of June 30 Clinton will travel to Vilnius for the Community of Democracies ministerial meeting that will bring together senior government officials, parliamentarians, non-government organizations, women and youth leaders and the private sector.

Their aim will be "to advance the shared goals of strengthening civil society and support emerging democracies," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

She will also meet President Dalia Grybauskaite, Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius and other Lithuanian officials, Nuland said.

In the runup to the ministerial meeting, Tillemann said, there will be a meeting to help 85 civil society activists from Belarus and other countries in the region to learn how to use technology better to advance their aims.

Earlier this month US President Barack Obama extended sanctions on Belarus over its violent suppression of protests and arrest of opposition figures in the wake of December's disputed elections.

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  • Lost in VNO

    I was stay in Radison Bluat Vilnius from 30.06-01.07.2011. and there was she and hers delegacion, I was surprised, when I wake up and on the hotels roof I saw the snipers whith all their staff, they are looking at the city, for me as a guest of this hotel it was biit unpleasnt!
    Whet I was going to take a taxi to airport I must go with my heavy bag further from hotel, because they not allowed to enter the car in hotels site!
    Thats is my expirience with Hillary Clinton, by the way, I saw also hers Boeing757 in airport! Nice :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    July 01 2011


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