Viewing cable 06VILNIUS522
Title: GAERC: GOL TO RAISE EURO, ENLARGEMENT

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06VILNIUS5222006-06-06 13:19:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: GAERC: GOL TO RAISE EURO, ENLARGEMENT 
 
REF: A. STATE 91167 B. VILNIUS 501 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ officer Traver Gudie for reasons 1.4 (b,d) 
 
¶1. (C) We delivered reftel points to Tomas Gulbinas, Head of 
the MFA's Common Foreign Policy and Security Division, June 
¶6.  Gulbinas told us that the June 12 GAERC would concentrate 
less on external affairs and more on "future of Europe" 
questions.  Lithuania plans to intervene, he said, to 
encourage an "open doors" enlargement policy and to protest 
the European Commission's May 16 report that likely precludes 
Lithuania's entry into the eurozone in 2007. (On the former 
issue, Presidential Foreign Policy Advisor Simonas Satunas 
told us June 6 that there is an increasing frustration within 
the GOL that the EU's doors are closed to aspirant countries 
in Eastern Europe like Ukraine.)  Gulbinas does not expect 
the Minister to intervene on any external issue. 
 
¶2.  (U) The following reflects Gulbinas's responses to the 
reftel points on external relations. 
 
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IRAQ 
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¶3. (C) Gulbinas said that the GOL strongly supports increased 
EU assistance to Iraq, and is planning to direct EUR 40,000 
of its international assistance money to Iraq in 2006. 
Gulbinas confirmed that the GOL is considering a high-level 
visit, possibly the Minister of Defense, to Iraq in the fall, 
confirming what other Ministry officials have told us (ref 
C).  Lithuania's Prime Minister's office issued a statement 
of support for the new Iraqi government on May 25 (ref B). 
 
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PALESTINIAN ASSISTANCE 
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¶4. (C) Gulbinas told us that Lithuania supports a new 
mechanism for delivering aid to the Palestinian people that 
does not give fiscal or economic aid to the Hamas-led 
government.  In a separate meeting June 5, Jurate Ramoskiene 
of the MFA's Middle East department said that European 
structures were having trouble agreeing on a draft mechanism 
paper.  She also said that Lithuania was one of five 
countries most closely supporting the U.S. position that 
assistance must be directed at humanitarian needs only and 
not controlled in any way by institutions of the Palestinian 
Authority. 
 
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Balkans 
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¶5. (C) Lithuania strongly supports EU engagement with Serbia 
and strongly agrees with the USG view that Serbia must see a 
future as part of Euro-Atlantic institutions.  Gulbinas said 
that the Minister would make reference to the need for an 
"open doors" policy in the Balkans during his intervention on 
enlargement. 
 
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CUBA 
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¶6. (C) Gulbinas said that Lithuania would not intervene on 
Cuba, but added that he expected the EU's Common Position on 
Cuba would be renewed for another year and that the Ministers 
will make a corresponding statement condemning recent human 
rights abuses of Castro's regime. 
MULL