|Last updated: 01-Apr-2004 12:36||7 Invitees - Lithuania|
Focus series on the 7 countries invited to join NATO:
Lithuania in NATO
From 13 to 16 March 1992, the NATO Secretary General, Manfred Wörner, visited the Baltic States for the first time, at the invitation of the Governments of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
As an invited member of NATO and the European Union, the Republic of Lithuania plays a role in promoting security abroad and in combating international threats. Since 1994, the Lithuanian Armed Forces have demonstrated this commitment by deploying over 1,300 servicemen on missions to the Balkans and, most recently, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Looking to NATO membership
"I think our first expectation is that this is a full legitimization of our return to the European and transatlantic family of nations. So with this membership comes our return to the Euro-Atlantic mainstream," said Ambassador Ginte Damusis, Head of Lithuania's mission to NATO, in a special video interview for the NATO Web site.
Lithuania’s road to NATO in cartoons
“Lithuania’s road to NATO in cartoons” is a light-hearted look at a serious subject. Twenty-two political cartoonists took part in a public information campaign and competition, sponsored by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which resulted in a popular travelling exhibit in and outside of Lithuania. Even though NATO business is no laughing matter, this humorous perception of the Alliance and Lithuanian integration efforts will, at the very least, provoke a smile.
Lithuania at a glance