Viewing cable 06VILNIUS1051
Title: LITHUANIA ON TURKEY'S EU ACCESSION PROCESS

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06VILNIUS10512006-11-22 14:39:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/21/2016 
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA ON TURKEY'S EU ACCESSION PROCESS 
 
REF: A. STATE 189542 B. KYIV 4305 C. VILNIUS 573 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Rebecca Dunham for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d 
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¶1. (C) Summary.  Lithuania's government agrees with us on the 
importance of keeping Turkey engaged in the EU accession 
process, but also wants Turkey to fulfill its Ankara 
commitments.  Going into the December European Council, 
Lithuania is pushing its EU partners to consider a middle 
way, suspending negotiations on one of the trade chapters 
until Turkey fulfills the Ankara commitments.  End Summary. 
 
¶2. (C) We delivered ref A points to MFA Vice Minister 
Jaroslav Neverovic, Undersecretary Oskaras Jusys, and the 
PM's Foreign Policy Adviser Darius Pranckevicius on November 
¶21.  (We also note that A/S Fried discussed this issue 
extensively with Lithuania's Political Director Zygimantis 
Pavilionis - ref B.)  All fully agreed with our arguments on 
the importance of keeping Turkey engaged in the EU accession 
process. 
 
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Lithuania pushing for middle ground 
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¶3. (C) We followed up with the head of the MFA's European 
Union Department Vidmantas Purlys on November 22.  He told us 
that everyone in EU working groups agrees that Turkey must do 
more to fulfill its commitments, but it is not yet clear what 
action the various member states will support if Turkey 
doesn't accept the Finnish compromise proposal.  "We will of 
course resist any option that involves the complete 
suspension of accession negotiations," he said.  Leading up 
to the December European Council, Lithuania is encouraging a 
middle ground as an alternative to complete suspension.  This 
approach could involve suspending negotiations on certain 
chapters -- probably on trade -- until Turkey makes clear 
progress on its Ankara commitments.  Purlys added that 
suspending too many chapters would be "counterproductive" and 
effect a de facto complete suspension.  Purlys said that 
Lithuania is currently working this issue in EU working 
groups, where "we are not alone."  Lithuania is not currently 
planning any high-level interventions at the European 
Council, although Purlys said he would propose such an 
intervention if it looks like there is support for complete 
suspension of negotiations. 
 
¶4. (C) President Adamkus publicly argued for Turkey's 
eventual accession to the EU, calling an EU without Turkey 
"incomplete" in a June 17 interview with Turkish newspaper 
Miliyet that was also released to Lithuanian papers (ref C). 
MFA officials told us at that time that Adamkus had been 
planning the statement for a while and had coordinated with 
Baltic partners and Poland on the message.  The principle of 
"open doors" for all countries meeting the EU's membership 
criteria is the cornerstone of Lithuania's neighborhood 
policy.  Although Lithuania's primary focus for enlargement 
is in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, the Lithuanian government 
supports the accession of Turkey as a natural consequence of 
the "open doors" principle. 
CLOUD