Lithuania's FM resigns after CIA dispute

Lithuania's foreign minister, Vygaudas Usackas, resigned Thursday one day after President announced that she had lost confidence in him.

Lithuania's FM resigns after CIA dispute

Lithuania's foreign minister, Vygaudas Usackas, resigned Thursday one day after President announced that she had lost confidence in him.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite ordered the prime minister on Wednesday to sack his foreign minister after differences which have included whether the Baltic state housed a CIA prison.

"I am announcing my resignation. I have signed my resignation (letter) and will hand it to the prime minister later today," Usackas told a press conference.

"Minister (Vygaudas) Usackas has lost the confidence of the president," Linas Balsys, the spokesman for the president, had told a news conference, referring to the foreign minister.

Usackas, a professional diplomat and former ambassador to the United Kingdom and United States, but who is not in a political party, was seen as an ally of centre-right Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius.

Usackas and Grybauskaite have disagreed in public on several issues, including the findings of a parliamentary probe on alleged CIA secret jails in Lithuania for kidnapped people.

Usackas said the probe showed there were "no such sites", while the president said it backed her view the jails existed.


Agencies



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