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Title: LITHUANIA ON THE OCTOBER 15-16 FOREIGN MINISTERS

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07VILNIUS7292007-10-12 14:23:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 VILNIUS 000729 
 
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA ON THE OCTOBER 15-16 FOREIGN MINISTERS 
MEETING (GAERC) 
 
REF: A. STATE 141316 
 
     ¶B. STATE 143223 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1. (C) Begin Summary.  Lithuania's priority at the October 
15-16 GAERC will be to express concerns about Russia prior to 
the EU-Russia summit in Portugal later this month.  The FM 
also may intervene to discuss concerns about the EU's new 
treaty reform, to express support for strong pressure on 
Burma, to support banning President Mugabe from coming to 
Europe for the EU-Africa summit in November, and to express 
support for the UK's suggestion to increase EU coordination 
of member state efforts in Iraq.  The GOL agrees with the USG 
position on many issues that will arise at the GAERC, 
including strong sanctions on Iran through the UNSC or the 
EU, strong sanctions on Burma, and a resolution of the status 
of Kosovo's independence.  End Summary. 
 
Iran 
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¶2. (C) We delivered ref A points on October 11 to the Head of 
the MFA's Common Foreign and Security Policy Division, 
Egidijus Navikas, who prepares the Minister's briefing book 
for the GAERC.  Navikas told us that the GOL "fully supports 
that we have to be as tough as needed" on Iran and hopes that 
EU-U.S. cooperation continues.  He added that the GOL 
supports sanctions on Iran by the EU "if there are no 
additional and stricter UNSC" sanctions.  The Ambassador will 
meet with the Foreign Minister on October 13 and will 
underscore the USG's firm support for EU sanctions on Iran. 
 
Russia 
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¶3. (C) Navikas said the FM will intervene to express concerns 
on three topics regarding Russia prior to the EU-Russia 
summit:  the business climate in Kaliningrad, energy, and the 
status of Kosovo.  Navikas noted that within the last few 
months one Lithuanian businessman was killed and one went 
missing in Kaliningrad.  He added that the GOR has done 
little or nothing in response and will continue to do nothing 
unless directed from the very top.  Navikas cited a similar 
case of a Dutch businessman who went missing three years ago 
in Kaliningrad.  Only after pressure at the highest level, 
the businessman was located in a prison and subsequently 
released. 
 
¶4. (C) Navikas also said the FM will express concern about 
Gazprom's non-market practices.  He noted there are rumors of 
a "Christmas present" from Gazprom of a price hike beyond 
market levels for natural gas delivered to the Baltics.  The 
FM will also mention that EU leadership should note to 
Russian leadership that if or when Kosovo makes a unilateral 
declaration of independence and the USG and EU member states 
recognize that independence, Russia should behave 
responsibly.  The GOL thinks the EU should make clear to 
Russia that provocations in Georgia, retaliatory recognition 
of Abkazia, or other tit-for-tat games are unacceptable. 
 
Kosovo 
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¶5. (C) Navikas added that the GOL, though not a strategic 
player on Kosovo, believes the "end result" of an independent 
Kosovo is clear.  The "question is how to get there without 
bloodshed or major problems."  He said the GOL would like a 
united EU to support this, but there are five or six 
countries that are not on board. 
 
Iraq 
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¶6. (C) Navikas said that the UK has circulated a non-paper 
about the consolidation of EU efforts in Iraq for better 
coordination and more effectiveness.  He said the GOL "fully 
supports that." 
 
Zimbabwe 
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¶7. (C) Navikas indicated that the FM may intervene to state 
that the EU should enforce its visa ban on Zimbabwe's 
President Mugabe and not allow him to attend the EU-Africa 
summit in November.  If some other African leaders boycott 
the summit in support of Mugabe, that would be unfortunate, 
but it would reflect an error on their part. 
 
Lebanon and Chad 
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¶8. (C) The GOL supports the EU- and French-led efforts in 
Lebanon and Chad.  Navikas added, however, that it is 
troubling that these initiatives will move quickly with 
extensive financial support while other, much less costly 
efforts closer to the EU border, such as in Moldova, often 
get bogged down and effectively blocked. 
CLOUD