Viewing cable 06VILNIUS164
Title: GOL SCALES BACK BORDER CEREMONY WITH BELARUS

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06VILNIUS1642006-02-17 15:30:00 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 000164 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/NB AND EUR/UMB 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/16/2016 
TAGS: PREL EU BO LH
SUBJECT: GOL SCALES BACK BORDER CEREMONY WITH BELARUS 
 
REF: A. NAVRATIL-MULL E-MAIL 2/10/06 
 
     ¶B. SECSTATE 24337 
     ¶C. 05 VILNIUS 1076 
 
Classified By: Political/Economic Officer Alexander Titolo for reasons 
1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (C) Summary: A senior GOL MFA official told us that the 
signing of a border demarcation agreement with Belarus will 
occur without fanfare or press and will only involve 
sub-cabinet level officials.  The MFA officials have proposed 
a signing date of February 28 to the GOB and await a 
response.  End Summary. 
 
¶2.  (C) The Ambassador delivered points (as conveyed in ref A 
e-mail and subsequently confirmed by ref B cable) February 10 
to the MFA Political Director Zygimantas Pavilionis. 
Pavilionis understood the rationale for a quiet exchange of 
notes, rather than a splashy public ceremony, to finalize the 
Lithuanian-Belarusian border demarcation agreement.  He noted 
that the local Austrian Ambassador, speaking on behalf of the 
EU Presidency, had made similar points.  Pavilionis stated, 
however, that it might be difficult to get the GOB to accept 
anything short of a big public event and that, after 11 years 
of negotiations, there are many in Lithuania eager to see 
this deal finally done.  The Ambassador suggested that 
postponing the ceremony until after the March 19 Belarusian 
elections might be another way of avoiding giving the GOB the 
propaganda coup this event would provide. 
 
¶3.  (C) The CDA followed up February 17 with Pavilionis, who 
stated that the MFA has proposed to the GOB that MFA 
Undersecretary Januska represent Lithuania in a February 28 
signing ceremony and that there be no press.  (Lithuanian 
Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis will be on travel for 
approximately two weeks beginning on February 21, and 
therefore unable to participate in the event.)  The GOL still 
awaits the Belarusian response to this offer.  The CDA also 
compared notes with the Austrian Ambassador, who said that 
the EU was satisfied with the GOL's new signing ceremony 
plans. 
 
¶4.  (C) Comment: This episode suggests that the GOL (or at 
least the MFA) has learned from its recent missteps with the 
GOB (ref c), even though the same pressures and prejudices 
that led to those incidents are still very much in evidence. 
This time, although the GOL let itself be seduced by the idea 
of a high-profile signing ceremony, it took the time to 
consult with the EU and USG and, more importantly, to listen 
to our advice.  We're not completely out of the woods yet, 
since the Belarusians have yet to respond to the Lithuanian 
proposal for a quiet, low-level signing.  We will stay 
engaged to make sure that the signing ceremony does not 
present the Lukashenko regime with any actionable propaganda 
material in the run-up to the Belarusian election. 
KELLY