US In Rift With Lithuania Over Vilna Bais Hakvaros


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v41.jpgA reluctant authority might see Lithuania losing its closest mighty ally, the US, on a row circling a historic Jewish cemetery in Vilna. Reports indicated that the US House of Representatives was considering a rebuke of Lithuania over construction in the cemetery – reported HERE on YW.

A congressional resolution, having the potential to upset bilateral relations between the United States and Lithuania, chastised the Lithuanian government for not stopping the building of luxury apartments. The Snipiskes Cemetery in Vilnius was built in the 16th century and closed in the 19th century. Developers built on a site adjacent to the burial ground prior to last year, but an international outcry led the government to form a commission to mark out the cemetery.

Lithuanian Ambassador Audrius Bruzga met with Rep. Mike Ferguson, who proposed the House resolution, and stressed that the issue was being addressed by the courts in Vilnius. The bill hitherto already had 50 co-sponsors and was soon to be added to the House’s Foreign Affairs Committees calendar.

(Source: New Europe)