Viewing cable 05VILNIUS884
Title: LITHUANIA MOSTLY AGREES WITH USG POSITIONS FOR

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05VILNIUS8842005-08-26 08:17:00 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 SECTION 01 OF 02 VILNIUS 000884 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/NB, EUR/ERA, AND EUR/UMB 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/24/2015 
TAGS: KPAL PREL LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA MOSTLY AGREES WITH USG POSITIONS FOR 
SEPTEMBER 1-2 GYMNICH MEETING 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 153187 
 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 857 
 
Classified By: Economic Officer Scott Woodard for reasons 1.4 (b) and ( 
d) 
 
¶1. (C) SUMMARY:  Lithuania basically concurs with U.S. 
positions on key agenda items for the September 1-2 Gymnich 
meeting, with some reservations on Turkey.  Lina Peciulyte, 
acting head of the MFA's EU Common Foreign and Security 
Policy Division, said Lithuania continues to support 
beginning EU accession talks with Turkey on October 3, but 
awaits conclusion of the EU investigation into Turkey's July 
29 renewed non-recognition of Cyprus. Peciulyte said that she 
expects the meeting to focus on issues related to EU 
enlargement, noting the draft agenda did not include Iraq, 
Iran, China, or Venezuela.  She also said that the Gymnich 
participants would take up the UK's proposal for an Arms 
Trade Treaty. 
 
¶2. (C) We conveyed ref A points on August 25 to regarding the 
U.S. position on agenda items for the September 1-2 Gymnich 
session.  The GOL is largely supportive of USG positions, and 
Peciulyte commented particularly on the following issues: 
 
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TURKEY 
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¶3. (C) The GOL supports beginning EU accession talks with 
Turkey on October 3 (ref B).  Peciulyte noted, however, that 
the Lithuania and other member states are waiting for 
conclusions of the EU Council Secretariat's Legal Office 
investigation into Ankara's July 29 declaration that renewed 
Turkey's non-recognition of Cyprus.  Peciulyte left open the 
possibility that the Legal Office's conclusions might alter 
the views of several EU member states, including Lithuania, 
on the start date for accession talks.  We stressed that 
Turkey has fulfilled all of the requirements to begin 
accession talks and that the talks should begin on October 3, 
regardless of the conclusion of the Legal Office. 
 
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MIDDLE EAST PEACE/GAZA 
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¶4. (C) The GOL continues to support the peace process and to 
recognize that the Road Map remains the key document that 
establishes how the parties can reach a peace agreement.  We 
emphasized Quartet Special Envoy Wolfensohn's request for EU 
technical assistance and Peciulyte said that she would pass 
this request up her chain-of-command. 
 
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WESTERN BALKANS 
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KOSOVO/BOSNIA 
 
¶5. (C) The GOL concurs with our positions on Bosnia and 
Kosovo, adding that the EU may take a more active role in 
promoting economic reform in Kosovo.  We encouraged the GOL 
to work with other EU member states in thinking creatively 
about how to keep alive the prospects of European integration 
for Kosovo and Serbia. 
 
CROATIA 
 
¶6. (C) Peciulyte noted the GOL's support for the ICTY, but 
said that the European Council concluded in July that Croatia 
has made progress with the tribunal.  She said that with this 
conclusion, the GOL sees no obstacles to Croatia starting 
accession negotiations in the future, provided that Croatia's 
cooperation with the ICTY remains positive.  We stressed that 
Gotovina's arrest and transfer to the Hague was an absolutely 
necessary, but not sufficient, condition for Croatia's full 
integration in the Euro-Atlantic community. 
 
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IRAQ, IRAN, CHINA, VENZUELA 
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¶7. (C) Peciulyte said that her office had seen only a brief 
draft agenda, which did not include Iraq, Iran, China, or 
Venezuela, and she was not prepared to offer any substantive 
comments in response to our points.  She said that she 
expected to receive the formal agenda within a day or two. 
 
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ARMS TRADE TREATY 
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¶8. (C) Peciulyte said that the Gymnich participants will 
discuss a treaty on the arms trade mooted by the UK at the 
May 19-20 Wassenaar Agreement conference.  She said that the 
GOL would like to hear more details about the plan, but 
thought that the idea was a good one and that it should be 
legally binding. 
Mull