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Title: LITHUANIAN FM TO RAISE TURKEY, BELARUS, EUROPEAN

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06VILNIUS10892006-12-08 12:21:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIAN FM TO RAISE TURKEY, BELARUS, EUROPEAN 
COUNCIL AT DECEMBER GAERC 
 
REF: A. STATE 194456 B. STATE 195044 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Rebecca Dunham for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d 
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¶1. (C) Summary.  Lithuania's FM plans to intervene at the 
December 11 GAERC to support Turkey's EU accession, 
discourage the repeal of GSP for Belarus, and oppose draft 
language in the upcoming European Council conclusions about 
"integration capacity" and "constitutional treaty reform." 
The Minister has prepared talking points on the China-Arms 
Embargo that support our position, but will intervene only if 
there is prolonged discussion.  End Summary. 
 
Lithuania does not support lifting China arms embargo 
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¶2. (C) Ambassador delivered ref A points to Lithuanian 
Political Director Zygimantis Pavilionis December 7, and we 
delivered all reftel points the same day to the MFA's Common 
Foreign and Security Policy Division Head Tomas Gulbinas, who 
prepares the Minister's briefing book for the GAERC. 
Political Director Pavilionis told the Ambassador that 
Lithuania will continue to support the U.S. position opposing 
lifting the EU's China arms embargo.  Gulbinas read us the 
Minister's talking points on the EU China arms embargo:  "Any 
decision on the embargo had to be taken in close coordination 
with the United States.  Any decision to lift the embargo had 
to be based on criteria about democracy and regional 
stability.  The current human rights situation in China made 
it inappropriate to consider these criteria now."  He added 
that Lithuania completely agrees that the embargo and the 
Code of Conduct should not be linked, and said that this was 
also the position of the Commission.  Gulbinas opined that 
the EU would not find consensus on conclusions about the 
embargo at the GAERC, and that the embargo would remain in 
place. 
 
Lithuania supports keeping Turkey in accession process 
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¶3. (C) The Minister's talking points on Turkey's EU accession 
agree broadly with ours.  "It is of the utmost importance to 
keep Turkey involved in the EU accession process," reads the 
key Lithuanian point. The talking points on Turkey are 
changing, Gulbinas said, as he had just received a fax from 
Finland saying that Turkey had agreed to open its ports to 
Cypriot ships.  Lithuania had prepared to argue for the 
"moderate road" of closing eight chapters in Turkey's 
accession negotiations, but the Minister will see how the 
situation develops. 
 
Lithuania to intervene on Council Conclusions 
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¶4. (C) Gulbinas said that the FM will intervene on two points 
regarding the Council Conclusions from the December 14-15 
European Council.  First, in line with Lithuania's strong 
support for an "Open Doors" accession policy, the Foreign 
Minister will discourage adding language about "integration 
capacity" to the EU's criteria for accession.  Second, the 
Minister will support changing language about "Constitutional 
Treaty reform" to "preparing the ground for the way ahead." 
Gulbinas said that as Lithuania was the first to ratify the 
constitutional treaty, the GOL is reluctant to support 
reforms that would require Parliament to ratify another one. 
 
Lithuania Discourages withdrawing GSP from Belarus 
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¶5. (C) During "Any Other Business" Vaitiekunas plans to 
intervene to discourage the EU's withdrawal of GSP benefits 
from Belarus.  He said that the GOL does not oppose the 
withdrawal in principle, based on Belarus's labor practices. 
Nevertheless, "the timing is bad politically" he said, and 
would strengthen Lukashenko and be counterproductive in 
Western Europe's efforts to garner favorable public opinion 
in Belarus.  Lithuania had earlier blocked the move in the 
133 committee, but they have been overruled in that committee 
and now the issue is in COREPERS, where Lithuania "will try 
to obstruct" the decision, in part by working to keep it off 
the agenda, for as long as possible.  According to Gulbinas, 
Lithuania's only allies on this were Poland and Latvia. 
Gulbinas said that Lithuania advocates this position in terms 
of Belarus's democracy only, and (implausibly) denied 
Lithuania's economic interests in its neighbor. 
 
President to intervene on neighborhood policy, Central Asia 
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¶6. (C) President Adamkus is planning an intervention on 
European Neighborhood Policy at the Dec 14-15 European 
 
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Council.  Adamkus will endorse the December 4 Commission 
publication "Strengthening the European Neighborhood Policy" 
which adopted ideas similar to those in Lithuania's ENP 
paper that the Ministry circulated this summer.  Adamkus's 
prepared remarks contain one sentence about increasing the 
EU's activities in Central Asia. 
 
Afghanistan 
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¶7. (C) Gulbinas said that he did not anticipate a long 
discussion about Afghanistan at the GAERC because almost 
everything had been agreed at lower levels.  The Lithuanians 
are pleased with European support for PRTs in Afghanistan, 
from which they expect to benefit directly. 
 
MEPP 
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¶8. (C) Lithuania is cool to the Spanish Middle East peace 
initiative and will continue to support the Quartet 
principles and the Roadmap as the best way forward.  Jurate 
Ramoskiene of the MFA's Middle East and Africa Division told 
us December 8 that Germany will make a presentation at the 
GAERC about strengthening the Roadmap during its upcoming 
presidency, but she is unsure what kind of interventions 
there will be on the new initiative since there has not been 
a working group since the Spanish-French announcement. 
Ramoskiene said privately that the GOL would not want to 
support a new initiative that excludes it, when it can 
participate in the current process through EU structures. 
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