Viewing cable 07VILNIUS829
Title: LITHUANIA WILL FOCUS ON GEORGIA FOR NOVEMBER 19

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07VILNIUS8292007-11-16 16:12:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA WILL FOCUS ON GEORGIA FOR NOVEMBER 19 
GAERC 
 
REF: STATE 156474 
 
Classified By: CHARGE DAMIAN LEADER FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
¶1. (C) Summary. Lithuania's focus for the November 19 GAERC 
will be Georgia.  FM Vaitiekunas plans to try to convince 
other EU members that Georgia needs more support now, not 
less.  He will push for a statement urging other countries 
not to intervene in Georgia's domestic political affairs.  On 
Kosovo the GOL wants the EU to be active and start planning 
now for independence.  The GOL has positions on the other 
agenda items, but FM Vaitiekunas will not seek to take the 
lead on any of them.  End Summary. 
 
Georgia 
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¶2. (C) We delivered reftel points November 15 to Egidijus 
Navikas, who prepares FM Vaitiekunas's briefing book for the 
GAERC meetings.  Navikas told us that Vaitiekunas is most 
concerned about Georgia.  Navikas said that Vaitiekunas had 
pressed President Saakashvili on ending the state of 
emergency and reopening Imedi and other television stations 
during his visit to Tbilisi.  Navikas said that maybe the EU 
hadn't done all it could leading up to the current crisis. 
Perhaps the EU should have offered more carrots to Georgia, 
he added, noting that visa facilitation and other incentives 
for EU cooperation have languished in the EU bureaucracy. 
Navikas said that Vaitiekunas is fully prepared for negative 
voices on Georgia at the GAERC.  Navikas characterized the 
GOL's analysis on Georgia as having only two possible 
outcomes, one Georgian future in cooperation with the EU, and 
another under constant Russian pressure and domination. 
Vaitiekunas will concentrate on Georgian positive democratic 
steps such as calling for elections, and the fact that the 
state of emergency is scheduled to be lifted by the time of 
the GAERC meeting.  Vaitiekunas will strongly oppose any 
statements condemning Georgia at the November 19 GAERC, and 
will press for a statement urging other countries not to 
interfere in Georgia's internal political affairs. 
 
Kosovo 
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¶3. (C) Navikas told us that FM Vaitiekunas would push for the 
EU to be active if not the main player on Kosovo.  Navikas 
noted that the GOL fully supports the U.S. call for starting 
preparations for an independent Kosovo now.  He said that 
Vaitiekunas will talk about this point at the GAERC, while 
emphasizing that Kosovo is a unique situation.  The GOL is 
very concerned about any linkages to CFE or separatist 
conflicts. 
 
EU-Africa Summit 
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¶4. (C) Navikas said that Vaitiekunas will not speak on 
EU-Africa issues, but the GOL feels there should be a more 
consistent EU approach to dictators.  He noted that even 
though Mugabe would be invited to the summit, he would still 
need to get a visa and he is on the EU's visa ban list.  If 
Portugal were to turn down the visa request, and the issue 
went to qualified majority voting, the GOL might support the 
British in refusing Mugabe's visa request. 
 
Iran, Pakistan, Burma, EU-China Summit 
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¶5. (C) Navikas told us that the GOL supports keeping 
uncomfortable topics like human rights and climate change on 
the EU-China Summit agenda.  The GOL supports further 
sanctions on Iran, including EU sanctions if a UNSCR cannot 
be passed.  The GOL does not want to strongly condemn 
Pakistani President Musharraf.  Navikas noted that Burma is 
not on the agenda he has for this GAERC.  The GOL would 
consider further sanctions or statements on Burma, but will 
not introduce the topic. 
 
European Defense Agency, EU-NATO Relations, and Bilateral 
Meetings 
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¶6. (C) Navikas said that Vaitiekunas will support an 
initiative to start negotiations on a long-term EU-NATO 
agreement on crisis management.  Vaitiekunas will also 
advocate for a lower budget for the European Defense Agency. 
Vaitiekunas is scheduled to have bilateral meetings with 
Javier Solana, and the Spanish, Polish, and Swedish Foreign 
Ministers. 
LEADER