Ambassador Pavilionis to world Lithuanian youth: It is time to accept responsibility for Lithuania’s future
the Lithuania Tribune
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Lithuania Tribune spoke to Lithuania’s Ambassador to the US Žygimantas Pavilionis. We asked what message he was planning to deliver to young Lithuanians from all over the world at the second World Lithuanian Youth Summit. The event took place in Prienai region, southern Lithuania, on 10-13 July.
Amendments to Lithuania's Law on Citizenship will be submitted to the parliament for approval, but the wording may be changed in the course of debates by scrapping the Mar. 11, 1990 dividing line, Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, said on Wednesday.
“South Africa is more Litvak than Lithuania itself,” Markas Zingeris, the Lithuanian playwright and novelist once remarked. And, as one of very few members of Lithuania’s Jewish community to remain in the country, he would know. The vast majority of Lithuanian Jews have found good reason to leave at one time or another in history, whether it was unrest in Europe between 1868 and 1914, or the economic hardship that characterised the period from Lithuania’s independence in 1918 until June 1940 when the Soviet army took control. It was during this time that thousands of Lithuanians came to South Africa in droves, in search of a more peaceful life. And it is here where many have remained.
Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, sees amendments to the Law on Citizenship as the only possible way of broadening dual citizenship and expects that the Constitutional Court will approve of the move.