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Visit of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to Lithuania, 6-8 November 2001

2001.11.09

 
Tuesday, November 6th. President Valdas Adamkus of the Republic of Lithuania received the Prince of Wales who came to Lithuania on a three-day visit.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the re-establishment of the diplomatic relations between Lithuania and the United Kingdom.

President Adamkus underlined during the meeting that the United Kingdom is a highly important partner of Lithuania in reaching the priority foreign policy goals of integrating in the European Union and NATO. The President briefed the high guest about the progress achieved by Lithuania after the re-establishment of the independence.

The President of Lithuania and the Prince of Wales also discussed the issues relating to the bilateral political and economic relations, and cultural projects. His Royal Highness was also informed about the results of the Warsaw Conference on Counter-terrorism, including the action plan approved by it.

Wednesday, November 8th. President Valdas Adamkus hosted dinner in honour of His Royal Highness Prince Charles.

 
In his toast, the Lithuanian leader thanked the Prince of Wales for genuine interest taken in Lithuania during the days of the visit.

The President noted that the visit was taking place at the time of European unification, which included Lithuania. President Adamkus emphasised the significance of the United Kingdom support for Lithuania’s aspiration to become a full-fledged member of the European Union and NATO.

The Prince of Wales thanked the President for the warm hospitality and the possibility to get acquainted with the progress made by Lithuania. Prince Charles recalled that at the Wittener Cemetery in western Lithuania stood a headstone to the memory of Private J. W. Crockson of the 1st battalion, Somerset Light Infantry, who died as a German prisoner of war in June 1917.

 
“Learning of his memorial reminded me of just how cruel history has been in the Lithuanian lands over the past century,” the Prince of Wales said.

Having noted that a new Lithuania emerged in the final years of the twentieth century, Prince Charles stated that “the transformations of Lithuania <...> is above all, down to the determination, vision and courage of the Lithuanian people themselves.” He further said that “hope I’ll be able to return in 10 years, maybe send my son instead, if I am too old, to see transformed nation.”

In Vilnius, the Prince of Wales also had meetings with Chairman Arturas Paulauskas of the Seimas of Lithuania, Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas and Cardinal Audrys Backis. Prince Charles visited the Churches of the Holy Spirit and St. Peter and Paul, the Academy of Music and Vilnius University, observed fire training at Pabrade military training ground and visited the exhibition of organic food products.

Thursday, November 8th, the Prince of Wales completed the visit in Lithuania and departed for Riga.

Press Service of the President

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