According to Arturas Paulauskas, the chairman of the Lithuanian parliament's National Security and Defence Committee, Lithuania must ban the wearing of the burqa in public before it accepts its quota of 325 refugees affected by the Mediterranean Crisis.

"It's no secret that the refugees Lithuania has pledged to accept are of different religion and have different beliefs," said Palauskas on August 13, 2015. "We have to follow the steps of France, Estonia and some other European countries and prevent any potential misunderstandings by banning the burqa in public."

Palauskas believes Lithuania has not only to ensure the wellbeing of its refugees but also take care of the country's security.

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