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Title: LITHUANIA'S PLANS FOR GAERC: ENERGY AND

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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA'S PLANS FOR GAERC: ENERGY AND 
NEIGHBORHOOD POLICY 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 5640 
     ¶B. SECSTATE 5256 
     ¶C. VILNIUS 39 
     ¶D. VILNIUS 11 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Rebecca Dunham for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d 
). 
 
¶1. (C) Summary.  Lithuania's Foreign Minister plans to 
intervene at the January 22-23 GAERC on European 
Neighborhood Policy (ENP) and external energy policy.  The 
GOL supports the UN envoy in Kosovo and agrees that 
strengthening sanctions and promoting democracy are both 
needed in Iran. End Summary. 
 
European Neighborhood Policy 
----------------------------- 
 
¶2. (C) We delivered refs A and B points on January 18 to 
the MFA's Common Foreign and Security Policy Division Head, 
Tomas Gulbinas, who prepares the Minister's briefing book 
for the GAERC.  He said that the GOL "fully agrees" with 
the USG position on ENP.  He said that the ENP discussion 
will focus on a discussion of a December report, with room 
for some proposals.  He expects Germany to discuss its 
plans for this half-year.  He said the December report is, 
as its title suggests, a very positive step toward 
"Strengthening the European Neighborhood Policy."  The GOL 
is very pleased with the progress being made on an issue to 
which it believes it contributed through the MFA's paper on 
this subject circulated in summer 2006. 
 
External energy policy 
----------------------- 
 
¶3. (C) Gulbinas said that discussions at the GAERC will 
contribute to awareness of this issue and solidify support 
for the EU to seriously address it.  The FM will speak in 
support of the EU speaking with one voice on the issue. 
 
Support for the UN's Special Envoy in Kosovo 
-------------------------------------------- 
 
¶4. (C) Gulbinas said that the GOL agrees with the USG that 
there should be no further delays in moving ahead with the 
recommendations of the UN's Special Envoy in Kosovo.  He 
added that most EU members agree, with the notable 
exception of France.  We also spoke on January 17 to 
Aleksandras Kudaba, Head of the MFA's Central and 
Southeastern Europe Division (ref C).  He also said that 
the GOL will support the Special Envoy's recommendations on 
Kosovo, and he agreed with us that the EU and the USG 
should have a unified position. 
 
Broader sanctions on Iran 
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¶5. (C) Gulbinas said that individual countries and the EU 
should enforce broad sanctions on Iran, broader than UNSCR 
1737, which was reached through compromise.  This 
broadening can occur by expanding national "watch lists" to 
include more groups and individuals than are on the 
resolution, as the GOL recently agreed to do (ref D).  The 
GOL also agrees that promoting democracy is important, but 
it currently has no programs or plans for programs in 
Iran.  (Lithuania has no diplomatic representation in 
Iran.) 
 
"Window of opportunity" for Poland and Russia to settle 
meat issues 
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¶6. (C) Gulbinas said there were meetings on January 17 in 
Warsaw between the Poles and the Russians to try to resolve 
the disagreement over Polish export of meat into Russia. 
He had heard there may be a "window of opportunity" to 
resolve this issue.  If that is resolved, he said, the EU 
and Russia could agree to a Partnership and Cooperation 
Agreement sometime soon. 
 
Other Issues 
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¶7. (C) Gulbinas thought that nothing substantial would be 
said at this GAERC on the Middle East Peace Process, but he 
agreed that the EU should take a more active role to limit 
situations such as the Spanish and French-led initiative of 
last November.  He said that the GOL agreed with the USG's 
approach in Somalia and appreciated the USG's financial 
support for establishing an African Union presence there. 
He had little to say about Darfur, but agreed that the 
Sudanese government needs to accept a United 
 
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Nations-controlled peacekeeping force. 
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