Viewing cable 06VILNIUS1038
Title: LITHUANIAN PM VISITS MOLDOVA, DISCUSSES

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06VILNIUS10382006-11-17 15:05:00 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 001038 
 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/16/2016 
TAGS: PREL LH RS MD
SUBJECT: LITHUANIAN PM VISITS MOLDOVA, DISCUSSES 
PEACEKEEPING FORCES, RAILROADS, AND RUSSIA 
 
REF: STATE 187131 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Rebecca Dunham for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d 
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¶1. (C) Summary.  The GOL strongly supports efforts to develop 
an EU peace Consolidation Mission for Moldova, but MFA 
officials do not believe that consensus is possible in the 
EU.  End Summary. 
 
Consensus lacking for EU PCM Mission in Moldova 
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¶2. (C) We discussed reftel points with Arunas Vinciunas, 
Director of the MFA's Eastern Europe and Central Asia 
Department November 16.  He said that Lithuania maintains its 
strong support for a mechanism to internationalize the peace 
keeping forces in Moldova, but that EU consensus is unlikely. 
 Notably, the French were opposed, he said.  Lithuania, along 
with Poland and the other Balts, are trying to keep the 
Belgian initiative alive.  Tomas Gulbinas, Head of the MFA's 
Common Foreign and Security Policy Division, told us that the 
EU diplomats involved agree that another meeting in a format 
similar to the October 16 meeting in Vienna would be futile, 
and that the support of Europe's "big countries" is necessary 
first. 
 
Lithuania remains actively engaged in Moldova 
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¶3. (C) Moldova remains one of Lithuania's neighborhood policy 
priorities.  Lithuania's Prime Minister Kirkilas met with 
President Voronin in Moldova November 3 to emphasize 
Lithuania's support for Moldova in the Euro-integration 
process.  Vinciunas, who accompanied the PM on the visit, 
said that their meetings with Voronin and Speaker Lupu 
dispelled concerns of a Russian-Moldovan deal to end the wine 
bans in exchange for Moldova undermining GUAM and not seeking 
NATO membership.  "I would not sell our independence for a 
bottle of wine," Voronin reportedly told his ministers. 
 
¶4. (C) Lithuania has a technical advisor from the Lithuanian 
MFA posted in the Moldovan MFA to advise on Euro-integration, 
and also contributes six customs officials to the EU Border 
Monitoring Mission.  Gulbinas said that the MFA is 
considering sending Lithuanian "customs monitors" to observe 
the train that travels through Transnistria, although he 
couldn't tell us how this would be possible without the 
agreement of Transnistria's separatist regime. 
CLOUD