UNCLAS VILNIUS 001049
DEPT FOR EUR/NB, IO, EB/ESC/TFS, S/CT, IO/PSC
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EFIN KTFN KPAO PREL PGOV PTER LH
SUBJECT: TERRORIST FINANCING: LITHUANIA ACCEPTS EU COURT
REF: SECSTATE 172518
Â¶1. (SBU) SUMMARY: The Acting Head of the MFA's Threat
Analysis Division told us on September 28 that Lithuania
continues to support dialogue to ensure effective sanctions
against terrorist financing. Stonys said that the GOL is
pleased that the European Court of First Instance (ECI)
decided the case of "Somali Swede 3" in the EU's favor. The
GOL had no serious complaints about the UNSCR 1267 or 1373
processes and will likely not press for changes to either.
We emphasized the importance of timely national action in
implementing Lithuania's obligations under 1267 and 1373 and
welcomed further cooperation with the GOL in the war on
terror. END SUMMARY.
GOL PLEASED WITH ECI DECISION
Â¶2. (SBU) Gintaras Stonys, Acting Head of the MFA,s Threat
Analysis, Crisis Management, and International Operations
Division, told us on September 28 that the GOL supports
continued open dialogue to ensure that sanctions against
terrorist financing are effective. Stonys said that the GOL
is pleased that the European Court of First Instance (ECI) on
21 September decided the case of Ahmed Yusuf Ali Al-Qadi
("Somali Swede 3") in the EU,s favor. He said that this
decision confirmed that the EU,s procedures under UN
Security Council Resolution 1267 are legal and that they do
not violate human rights.
Â¶3. (SBU) Stonys said that the GOL had no serious complaints
about either the UNSCR 1267 or 1373 processes. He noted that
the 1373 obligations are more cumbersome than 1267 and more
open to legal challenges in the EU because of the requirement
that the EU compile its own list of individuals and entities.
He doubted, however, that the GOL will press for changes to
either. Stonys told us that a discussion of both the 1267
and 1373 processes is on the EU's RELEX Sanction Committee's
agenda for September 27, but he has not yet received a
readout from the meeting.
Â¶4. (SBU) We emphasized to Stonys the importance of timely
national action on implementing asset freezes, travel bans,
and arms embargoes in accordance with Lithuania's obligations
as a UN member state under resolutions 1267 and 1373. He
admitted that an unfortunate time gap occurs between an
entity's listing on the 1267 list and EU enforcement action.
Â¶5. (SBU) We told Stonys that we welcomed dialogue with the
GOL that would make UN sanctions more effective and
emphasized our commitment in continuing our cooperation with
the GOL in the war on terrorism. We also informed him of the
London U.S.-EU expert-level workshop on issues related to
FATF Special Recommendation III (SR III).
Â¶6. (SBU) The GOL, as a supportive partner in the war on
terror, will entertain USG suggestions for improvements in
how we fight this war together. It is, however, likely to
let other (larger) EU member states take the lead role in
shaping any changes to EU sanctions enforcement mechanisms.