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Title: LITHUANIA TO RAISE NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUES AT JULY 17

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06VILNIUS6632006-07-14 14:15:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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TAGS: UN KPAL PREL LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA TO RAISE NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUES AT JULY 17 
GAERC 
 
REF: A. STATE 114605 B. STATE 115346 
 
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 on July 
¶14.  Gulbinas told us that the July 17 GAERC will concentrate 
on the priorities of the Finnish Presidency as discussed in 
the EU political Director's July 6 meeting in Helsinki, and 
would reach conclusions on Iran and the Middle East Peace 
Process.  Lithuania, represented (in the absence of a 
government) by MFA Undersecretary Oskaras Jusys, will 
intervene to promote its neighborhood policy goals and 
Eurozone ambitions during the first session about the Finnish 
priorities.  Lithuania will not intervene on any external 
issues, and has nothing new to say on the Balkans, Iraq or 
Sudan points.  North Korea is not on the July 17 GAERC 
agenda, said Gulbinas, but nevertheless thanked us for the 
points, adding that it is possible that someone may raise 
North Korea in the GAERC. 
 
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LITHUANIA TO INTERVENE ON FINNISH PRIORITIES 
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¶2.  (C) Lithuania plans to intervene to welcome the proposed 
priorities of the upcoming Finnish presidency and request the 
inclusion of the following points among the Finnish 
priorities: 
 
- Stronger support for EU neighborhood policy with respect to 
Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia; 
- Engagement of European Security and Defense Policy to help 
resolve regional frozen conflicts in Transnistria, Ossetia, 
and Nagorno-Karabakh; 
- Continued attention to energy security issues; 
 
Lithuania will also use the occasion to push Lithuania's case 
for entry in the Eurozone following the European Commission's 
June statement that it should review the application of 
Maastricht criteria, especially to fast-growing economies. 
 
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COUNCIL CONLUSIONS ON IRAN, MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS 
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¶3. (C) Gulbinas told us that he had drafts of council 
conclusions on Iran and the Middle East Peace Process, both 
of which will be discussed during the Ministers-only lunch. 
Lithuania plays a passive role in this process, he said, and 
will not intervene on either issue.  He described the various 
drafts on the Middle East Peace Process as "balanced," 
calling for restraint from Israel as well as Hizballah and 
Hamas.  He noted that the proposed statements were "harder on 
Israel" than the U.S. talking points, and one condemned 
Israel's "extrajudicial killings" of Palestinians. 
KELLY