Viewing cable 04VILNIUS1194
Title: LITHUANIA SUPPORTS TURKEY'S EU MEMBERSHIP

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04VILNIUS11942004-09-30 12:58:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 001194 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/NB, EUR/ERA, EUR/SE 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/29/2014 
TAGS: PREL ECIN EU TU LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA SUPPORTS TURKEY'S EU MEMBERSHIP 
 
REF: SECSTATE 204758 
 
Classified By: POL/ECON OFFICER CHRISTIAN YARNELL 
FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
¶1. (C) We delivered reftel points regarding support for 
Turkey's EU membership and provided non-paper on Turkey's 
progress on Copenhagen criteria to the MFA's Jurgita 
Apanaviciute on September 27.  Apanaviciute, who is 
responsible for enlargement issues within the MFA's European 
Union Department, said that Lithuania supports Turkey's 
aspirations to join the EU but remains firm that Turkey must 
meet the same standards and fulfill the same requirements 
(notably the Copenhagen political criteria) as the other 
states that recently joined the European Union.  Recalling 
the September 11 visit to Lithuania of Turkish FM Abdullah 
Gul, she noted FM Antanas Valionis' public statement of 
Lithuania's support under those terms. 
 
¶2. (C) Apanaviciute said she personally expected that the 
October 6 Commission report would not make a definitive 
recommendation on whether or when to begin accession 
negotiations with Turkey, in order to leave the Council free 
rein to decide the matter in December.  Apanaviciute said 
that Lithuania would likely vote in December in favor of 
beginning accession negotiations, barring any negative 
development on Turkey's part. 
 
¶3.  (C) Charge raised the issue separately with three 
high-level Foreign Ministry officials: Ambassador Rokas 
Bernotas, MFA Multilateral Relations chief; Ambassador 
Arnoldas Milukas, MFA "Special Missions" Chief; and EU 
Department Director Zygimantas Pavilionis.  All three 
reaffirmed the GOL's strong support for Turkish accession, 
and expressed cautious optimism that Turkey would be invited 
to begin the process soon.  Pavilionis, who knows EU internal 
politics well after several years in Brussels, added that 
France was seeking to impede the process and that others like 
Denmark and the Netherlands also had serious reservations 
about Turkey. 
 
¶4. (C) Charge also compared notes with Turkish Ambassador to 
Lithuania Kadriye Sanivar Kizildeli.  She expressed 
confidence that the GOL would remain in the pro-accession 
camp.  She said that Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul's swing 
through Lithuania earlier this month met Turkish objectives, 
since both President Adamkus and Foreign Minister Valionis 
expressed support for Turkey's eventual accession.  She 
expressed apprehension about the refusal of the current 
frontrunner in the upcoming parliamentary election, Viktor 
Uspaskich, to meet with her to discuss the issue.  At the 
same time, however, she doubted that the next government 
would significantly change current policy, and noted her 
confidence in the foreign policy professionals at MFA who 
manage the issue. 
Mull