Viewing cable 04VILNIUS1450
Title: LITHUANIA DECLARES SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE; TO

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04VILNIUS14502004-11-29 16:10:00 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 001450 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/NB AND EUR/UMB 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/28/2014 
TAGS: PREL PGOV UP LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA DECLARES SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE; TO 
PROPOSE NATO ROLE 
 
REF: A. VILNIUS 1449 
 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 1437 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Nancy Cohen 
for Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
 ¶1. (U) The Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) expressed its 
solidarity with the people of Ukraine and its support for 
their democratic objectives.  In a vote of 123 to 1, with 3 
abstentions, the 141-seat Seimas resolved to support the 
decision of Ukraine's Supreme Rada to evaluate the results of 
the second round of presidential elections according to 
generally recognized democratic standards.  The Seimas 
resolution also applauded the efforts of the Supreme Rada and 
other Ukrainian institutions to stabilize the situation in 
Ukraine and commended the diplomatic mediation of Lithuanian 
President Valdas Adamkus, and Polish and EU officials.  The 
Seimas denounced "illegal intervention of third" parties to 
interfere in Ukraine's domestic political affairs. 
 
¶2. (C) Mindaugas Kacerauskas, head of the MFA's Ukraine, 
Moldova, and Belarus Division, told us that the Lithuanian 
Government is very concerned about protecting democratic 
integrity of the election process and the territorial 
integrity of Ukraine, "to avoid another Transnistria."  He 
said that Lithuanian will take the lead at a meeting in 
Brussels during the week of November 29 and will debrief the 
NATO Ambassadors on the President Adamkus's "fruitful and 
very successful" meeting in Kiev with Ukraine's President 
Kuchma, Polish President Kwasniewski, and the EU's Javier 
Solano.  In Brussels, Lithuania will introduce a four-point 
proposal for NATO action, which Kacerauskas described as 
follows: 
 
a)     the North Atlantic Council (NAC) take up Ukraine's 
       elections at the December 9 meeting; 
 
b)     the NAC communique incorporate a statement on 
       Ukraine's elections and a proposal to ensure 
       Ukraine's territorial integrity; 
 
c)     the NATO-Ukraine meeting planned for the margins of 
       the December 9 NAC be at the ministerial level; 
 
c)     the situation in Ukraine be on the agenda for the 
       NATO-Russia Council. 
 
¶3. (C) Comment:  Lithuania continues to advance its position 
as a leader in regional affairs.  President Adamkus's 
successful diplomatic intervention in Ukraine's post-election 
crisis has played well in Lithuania, and the media is making 
much of Lithuania's restored image in the international arena 
following a year of the country's own democratic challenges 
and a presidential impeachment.   More than just show, 
however, the actions of the President and Seimas reflect a 
government-wide commitment that Lithuania will be an active 
member in NATO and in a Europe "whole and free." 
MULL