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Letter from Lithuanian American Community to the President Regarding Georgia

The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

The Lithuanian American Community, with chapters from Hawaii to New York, was appalled by Russia's invasion of the sovereign Republic of Georgia and by the resulting loss of life and destruction of Georgia's infrastructure. We are also disgusted at the looting by soldiers of private property.

We appreciate your support of Georgia and are proud of our Congress which spoke out with one voice regarding Russia's aggression against a sovereign neighbor nation.

We admire the courage of the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, and Poland who personally traveled to Georgia to stand by their besieged sister democracy.

We fervently hope that Russia will honor the cease-fire, and we urge the U.S. government to insist that Russia withdraw its forces from all of Georgia's territory.

Because Russia is an interested party in the conflict involving Georgia and its provinces, it is imperative that an international third party take charge of peacekeeping in South Ossetia and Abkhasia. Respectfully yours,

Elona M. Vaisnys, Ph.D.
Public Affairs Council


Octobr 17, 2008 - President Bush Discusses the Visa Waiver Program
Office of the Press Secretary/ White House News

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. (Applause.) Please be seated, thank you. Welcome to the White House. I'm pleased to stand with the representatives of seven countries -- the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and South Korea -- that have met the requirements to be admitted to the United States Visa Waiver Program. Soon the citizens of these nations will be able to travel to the United States for business or tourism without a visa. I congratulate these close friends and allies on this achievement, and I thank you for joining us here.

I also thank Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of the Homeland -- Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff for working hard to make sure this day has finally arrived. Appreciate other members of the administration here and members of the Diplomatic Corps.

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