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Title: SEPTEMBER GAERC AND LITHUANIAN VIEWS ON GYMNICH

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06VILNIUS8522006-09-14 13:00:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: SEPTEMBER GAERC AND LITHUANIAN VIEWS ON GYMNICH 
 
REF: A. STATE 150777 B. STATE 151189 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Rebecca Dunham for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d 
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¶1. (C) We delivered reftel points September 13 to Tomas 
Gulbinas, head of MFA's Common Foreign Policy and Security 
Division who is responsible for briefing the FM for the 
GAERC.  Gulbinas said that the Lithuanian FM does not plan 
any interventions in the September 15 GAERC, which focuses on 
issues where Lithuania lacks expertise and generally follows 
consensus.  Gulbinas was present for the September 1-2 
Gymnich, and gave us a brief readout of Lithuania's views of 
the EU-Russia discussion there.  End Summary. 
 
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Lithuania's view on Gymnich Russia talk 
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¶2. (C) Gulbinas told us that EU Foreign Minsiters expressed 
broad consensus during the September 1-2 Gymnich that state 
control of democratic institutions in Russia has expanded 
alarmingly.  Nevertheless, opinion about future EU relations 
with Russia differed, he said.  Lithuania's FM intervened on 
Russia, and mentioned the recent cessation of oil supply to 
Lithuania's refinery, Maziekiu Nafta.  Gulbinas also said 
that the GOL thought the Finnish Presidency's invitation to 
Russian President Putin to attend the informal October 22 EU 
summit in Lahti was "inexplicable and inappropriate," saying 
that the EU should extend extraordinary invitations (that is, 
outside of scheduled EU-Russia Summits) only to resolve 
crises.  According to Gulbinas, there was some discussion 
among the ministers on a new EU-Russia Partnership and 
Cooperation agreement to replace the current one that expires 
in 2007.  Gulbinas told us that some states want to rush 
towards a new EU-Russia agreement while others, including 
Lithuania, want "to take time to assess changes both in 
Russia and in the EU." 
 
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Iran 
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¶3. (C) Based on the Gymnich, Gulbinas said that he did not 
expect any strong statement encouraging another UNSCR on Iran 
to come out of the September 18 GAERC, although he added that 
Lithuania is not really part of the equation on Iran 
discussions.  He said that statements from the Finnish 
Presidency following the Gymnich were intended not to 
undermine Solana's subsequent meetings with Iranian officials. 
 
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Middle East Peace Process 
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¶4. (C) On MEPP, Gulbinas said that Lithuania plays almost no 
role in the formation of European consensus due to its lack 
of expertise and resources in the area, but he characterized 
the European view as: support for President Abbas, support 
for formation of a National Unity Government, and revival of 
the roadmap overseen by the Quartet. 
 
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Lebanon and Syria 
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¶5. (C) Gulbinas said that, in his opinion, the comment at the 
Gymnich about the EU providing technical assistance on border 
controls to Syria was "empty," as no such project has been 
seriously proposed and Syria would object anyway.  Overall, 
there have been noises in European structures to broaden 
engagement of Syria on issues related to MEPP, he said. 
 
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Ukraine 
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¶6. (C) The Lithuanian FM did not attend the EU-Ukraine 
Cooperation Council September 14, although Ukraine-EU 
relations are an issue of great interest to Lithuania, 
because of the forum's troika format.  Gulbinas, just 
returned from a tour of the Ukraine-Moldovan border regions, 
said that Lithuania agrees with our points on Ukraine and 
especially supports the call for rule-of-law and 
anti-corruption efforts.  Lithuania has reiterated the point 
to Ukrainian officials that it is now up to Ukraine to send 
positive signals on WTO and NATO engagement, he said. 
According to Gulbinas, in recent meetings (not further 
specified) Yanukovych's government seemed more positive on 
meeting WTO accession commitments than it had been in initial 
meetings with the Lithuanians, but it remains ambiguous on 
NATO. 
CLOUD