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Title: (C) LITHUANIA TO INTERVENE ON NEIGHBORHOOD POLICY

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SUBJECT: (C) LITHUANIA TO INTERVENE ON NEIGHBORHOOD POLICY 
AT JUNE 18-19 GAERC 
 
REF: STATE 80034 
 
Classified By: POL/ECON CHIEF REBECCA DUNHAM FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D 
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¶1. (C) Summary: Lithuania plans to intervene on neighborhood 
policy at the June 18-19 GAERC.  The GOL is happy with the 
German Presidency's handling of this issue, but still has 
some points to add to the conclusions.  Lithuania expects a 
shortened period of discussion for all agenda items to save 
time for discussion of institutional reforms. End Summary. 
 
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EUROPEAN NEIGHBORHOOD POLICY 
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¶2. (C) We delivered reftel points on the June 18 GAERC agenda 
items to Tomas Gulbinas, head of the Common Foreign and 
Security Policy Division at the MFA.  Gulbinas told us that 
the GOL plans to intervene on neighborhood policy.  The GOL 
is happy with the German Presidency's handling of this issue, 
but has additional points it would like added to the 
conclusions.  In particular the GOL wants to see more market 
access to integrate countries in the neighborhood into the EU 
markets.  Gulbinas said the GOL also wants to see more 
progress on visa facilitation.  He added that this issue is 
most problematic in Georgia where South Ossetians and Abkhaz 
with Russian passports will be able to get visas for far less 
than those who have Georgian passports. 
 
¶3. (C) Gulbinas continued by saying that the Georgians had 
circulated a letter to all EU states requesting a start to 
negotiations on visa facilitation.  He said that some EU 
countries including Austria were hesitant because they were 
concerned with criminals of Georgian origin getting visas. 
Gulbinas said that the GOL did not find this argument 
convincing and that visa facilitation did not mean decreasing 
security. 
 
¶4. (C) Gulbinas said it was also a GOL priority to get a Free 
Trade Agreement (FTA) for Georgia and an asymmetrical Trade 
Agreement for Moldova, and work towards Ukraine's entry into 
the WTO, which would open the way for a FTA. 
 
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MOLDOVA 
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¶5. (C) Gulbinas gave an update from Moldovan President 
Voronin's June 9 visit to Lithuania.  Voronin met with 
President Adamkus and former President Brazauskas.  Gulbinas 
said that Voronin admitted in these meetings that there had 
been discussions with Russia about the Transnistrian conflict 
outside of the 5 plus 2 format, but that there was no deal in 
the works.  Voronin assured Adamkus that nothing would be 
signed in the foreseeable future.  The GOL encouraged Voronin 
to stay within the 5 plus 2 format. 
 
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CUBA 
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¶6. (C) Gulbinas said he expected Spain to continue to press 
for a more open EU policy with Cuba, but that he didn't think 
it had the support necessary to overcome the status quo and 
the 1996 Common Position on Cuba.  He said that all 
discussions would be shortened to save time for discussions 
of institutional reforms in preparation for the June 21 - 22 
European Council meeting.  Gulbinas said the GOL thinks this 
is the wrong time to send a sign of openness to the 
government of Cuba. 
 
¶7. (C) In a separate meeting on June 12 with Valteris 
Baliukonis, Foreign Policy Advisor to President Adamkus, 
Ambassador Cloud stressed the importance of not sending 
signals of acceptance to the Castro government during this 
time of transition.  Baliukonis accepted this message and 
agreed.  (Note: Lithuania does not have diplomatic relations 
with Cuba at this time.) 
 
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KOSOVO 
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¶8. (C) Gulbinas said the GOL supports the Ahtisaari 
recommendations and hopes for a UNSCR on Kosovo as soon as 
possible.  Gulbinas said the GOL hadn't thought about plan B 
and didn't want to think about what would happen if the UNSCR 
were vetoed by Russia.  Gulbinas remarked that Russia was a 
fish that liked to swim in muddy waters and would be happy to 
 
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see this issue unresolved for as long as possible. 
 
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