REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                           
                                                                                
                               LAW                                              
             ON THE STATUS OF THE DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS                           
               OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA ABROAD                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
     The Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania:                          
       pursuing  from the  universally recognized  principles and               
norms of  international law  consolidated in  the United  Nations               
Charter, in  the documents  of the  Conference  on  Security  and               
Cooperation in  Europe, in the 18 April 1961 Vienna Convention on               
Diplomatic Relations, emphasizing its adherence to the principles               
of  sovereign   equality  of   states,  peaceful   settlement  of               
international disputes,  and refraining  from the use of force or               
threat  by   force,  expressing   its  conviction   that  granted               
privileges and  immunities shall condition  effective performance               
of the functions of diplomatic missions, has enacted this Law:                  
                                                                                
     Article 1. A diplomatic mission of the Republic of Lithuania               
abroad (hereafter  referred to  as diplomatic mission) shall be a               
permanently functioning  division  of  the  Ministry  of  Foreign               
Affairs of  the Republic  of Lithuania  for  the  maintenance  of               
official  relations   with   the   receiving   state,   for   the               
representation of  the Republic  of Lithuania, for the protection               
of rights  and interests  of the Republic of Lithuania and of its               
citizens.                                                                       
     The activities  of diplomatic missions shall be based on the               
provisions of  the 18  April 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic               
Relations,  bilateral  agreements    to  which  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania a party, and on the laws of the Republic of Lithuania.                
                                                                                
     Article 2.  The functions  of  diplomatic  missions  consist               
inter alia in:                                                                  
     1) representing  the Republic  of Lithuania in the receiving               
state and maintaining with it the official relations;                           
     2) protecting the interests of the Republic of Lithuania and               
its citizens in the receiving state;                                            
     3) negotiating with the Government of the receiving state;                 
     4) receiving,  ascertaining by  all lawful means information               
on political  and economic life and developments in the receiving               
state, and reporting thereon to the Government of the Republic of               
Lithuania;                                                                      
     5) promoting  friendly relations  between  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania and the receiving state, and developing their economic,               
cultural and scientific relations.                                              
                                                                                
     At the  behest of  the Minister  of Foreign  Affairs of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania, a  diplomatic mission  may  also  perform               
consular functions.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article  3.   Heads  (ambassadors,   envoys)  of  diplomatic               
missions of  the Republic  of Lithuania shall be appointed by the               
decree of  the Presidium  of the  Supreme  Council  upon  written               
approval of  the Committee  on Foreign  Affairs  of  the  Supreme               
Council, and  upon the  nomination of  the  Minister  of  Foreign               
Affairs upon  the receipt of agrement (approval) of the receiving               
state in the manner established by the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
       Charges  d'affaires of  the Republic of Lithuania shall be               
appointed by  the directive  of the  Minister of Foreign Affairs,               
upon taking  into consideration  the conclusions of the Committee               
on Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.                                
      Other members of diplomatic staff shall be appointed by the               
directive of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.                                   
     Ambassadors and envoys of the Republic of Lithuania, who are               
going to the receiving state, shall be presented with credentials               
signed by the President of the Supreme Council of the Republic of               
Lithuania and countersigned by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of               
the Republic  of Lithuania, which they shall present upon arrival               
to the  head of  the receiving  state. Charges  d'affaires of the               
Republic of  Lithuania, who  are going  to the  receiving  state,               
shall be  provided with  a letter  of  the  Minister  of  Foreign               
Affairs, which  they shall  present upon  arrival to  the Foreign               
Minister of the receiving state.                                                
                                                                                
     Article  4.   Ambassadors  and  envoys  shall  commence  the               
performance of their functions from the moment:                                 
          1) the  credentials are  presented to  the head  of the               
receiving state;                                                                
     2) they  notify their  arrival and  present a  true copy  of               
their credentials  to the  Minister of  Foreign  Affairs  of  the               
receiving state.                                                                
       Charges  d'affaires of  the Republic  of  Lithuania  shall               
commence the  performance of their functions from the moment they               
present the  letter of  the Minister  of Foreign  Affairs of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania to the  Minister of Foreign Affairs of the               
receiving state.                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 5.  The mission  of the diplomatic representative of               
the Republic of Lithuania shall terminate:                                      
     1) when  a diplomatic  representative  is  recalled  in  the               
manner established by the Government;                                           
     2) when a diplomatic representative resigns;                               
     3) in case of death of a diplomatic representative;                        
     4) when the receiving state declares him persona non grata.                
                                                                                
     Article 6.  Only a  citizen of the Republic of Lithuania can               
be a  diplomatic representative of the Republic of Lithuania in a               
foreign state.  Members  of  the  administration,  technical  and               
service staff  may be  citizens of  the receiving  state.  It  is               
necessary to  inform the  Ministry  of  Foreign  Affairs  of  the               
receiving state about their employment or dismissal.                            
                                                                                
     Article 7.  The class of heads of diplomatic missions of the               
Republic of Lithuania in a foreign state as well as the number of               
the staff  shall be  established by bilateral agreements to which               
the Republic of Lithuania is a party.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 8.  A diplomatic  representative of  the Republic of               
Lithuania may  at the  same time be accredited to several foreign               
states with the consent of these states.                                        
                                                                                
     A diplomatic  representative of the Republic of Lithuania in               
a foreign  state may  be at  the same  time appointed   to act as               
representative of  the Republic of Lithuania to any international               
organisation in  accordance  with  the  procedure  prescribed  by               
Article 3 of this Law.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 9.  Heads  of  diplomatic  missions  and  diplomatic               
agents of the Republic of Lithuania may not practice for personal               
profit any professional or commercial activity.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 10.  Heads of diplomatic missions of the Republic of               
Lithuania, diplomatic  agents  and  members  of  their  families,               
members of  the administrative  and technical  staff as  well  as               
members of  their families, and members of the service staff in a               
foreign state,  if they  are not citizens of the receiving state,               
shall enjoy  privileges and  immunities provided  by the 18 April               
1961 Vienna  Convention on Diplomatic Relations, unless bilateral               
agreements   to which  Republic of  Lithuania is a party  provide               
otherwise.                                                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
     In accordance  with the order established by the Government,               
the  Republic   of  Lithuania   may  waive   the  immunity   from               
jurisdiction  of the receiving state.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 11.  The  financing,  providing  with  premises  and               
settling other  issues  concerning  diplomatic  missions  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania in foreign states shall be provided for in               
bilateral agreements  between the  Republic of  Lithuania and the               
receiving state.                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 12.  In the cases when an international agreement to               
which the Republic of Lithuania is a party prescribes norms other               
than this  Law, the norms of the international agreement shall be               
applicable.                                                                     
                                                                                
Vytautas Landsbergis                                                            
                                                                                
President                                                                       
Supreme Council                                                                 
Republic of Lithuania                                                           
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
3 October 1991                                                                  
No. I-1856