Viewing cable 07VILNIUS323
Title: CITES: LITHUANIA FOLLOWING EU LEAD, EXCEPT ON EELS

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07VILNIUS3232007-05-09 14:35:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: CITES: LITHUANIA FOLLOWING EU LEAD, EXCEPT ON EELS 
 
REF: SECSTATE 57912 
 
We delivered reftel points to Selemonas Paltanavicius and 
Eugenijus Leonavicius, Head and Chief Desk Officer, 
respectively, of the Ministry of Environment's Biological 
Diversity Division, on May 9.  Paltanavicius told us that, in 
general, the GOL and the EU are interested in increasing the 
number of species protected by CITES.  Leonavicius explained 
that Lithuania would follow the EU lead and most likely would 
vote to keep Bobcats in Appendix II and to support adding 
Sawfish to Appendix I and Pink and Red Coral to Appendix II. 
He explained that, despite the USFWS study, the EU feels that 
keeping the Bobcat in Appendix II helps protect the European 
Lynx.  Leonavicius added that the GOL's priority issue for 
the June CITES conference is the European Eel, which many 
Lithuanians consider a delicacy.  The GOL wants to include 
only the young of the species in Appendix II, even though the 
EU supports including the whole species in Appendix II. 
CLOUD