Viewing cable 07VILNIUS877
Title: LITHUANIAN PRIORITIES FOR THE DECEMBER 10 GAERC

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07VILNIUS8772007-12-10 13:26:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIAN PRIORITIES FOR THE DECEMBER 10 GAERC 
 
REF: A) STATE 164327 B) STATE 163945 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian Leader for Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Summary. Lithuania will seek to include a statement on 
energy security in the summit conclusions at the GAERC 
meeting on December 10.  FM Vaitiekunas will also emphasize 
the importance of helping Moldova and the inadequacy of the 
Black Sea Energy group for the countries in the European 
Neighborhood Policy (ENP) East group in commission 
communications.  He will also express Lithuania's desire that 
ENP Status and membership aspirations be complimentary. 
Lithuania supports a further round of EU sanctions on Iran. 
End Summary. 
 
EU Enlargement and Energy Security 
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¶2. (C) We delivered ref A points to Egidijus Navikas, Head of 
the Common Foreign and Security Policy Division at the MFA 
and drafter of the Foreign Minister's briefing book on 
December 7.  Navikas told us that Lithuania is 
pro-enlargement.  Navikas said that some countries want to 
see ENP status as an alternative to membership aspirations, 
while the GOL would like to see ENP status as a pre-accession 
stepping stone.  Navikas said that consensus seems to lie in 
the middle; ENP status and membership aspirations are 
complimentary.  Vaitiekunas will promote parity between ENP 
benefits in the Mediterranean and in ENP East.  Vaitiekunas 
will again seek to focus the EU on energy security and 
include a statement in the summit conclusions. 
 
Moldova and Georgia 
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¶3. (C) FM Vaitiekunas will propose upgrading Moldova's status 
to an advanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) in 
2008, similar to the relationship with Ukraine.  He will be 
careful to avoid mentioning membership prospects so as not to 
scare some EU members.  Navikas expected UK support on this 
front and was cautiously optimistic that the proposal would 
gain traction.  Lithuania doesn't plan to say much on Georgia 
at this GAERC.  Vaitiekunas will encourage EU members to send 
as many observers as possible to elections in Georgia on 
January 5. 
 
Kosovo 
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¶4. (C) Navikas said that he expected unity on Kosovo, but 
some discussion on abstentions from a measure recognizing 
independence.  A few abstentions would not block the 
necessary work that would need to be done immediately 
following a declaration of independence by Kosovo.  Lithuania 
remains ready to recognize Kosovo. 
 
Iran, Pakistan, and Lebanon 
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¶5. (C) We encouraged the EU to send a robust election 
observer mission to Pakistan.  Navikas said that Lithuania 
does not oppose the idea, but Vaitiekunas will almost 
certainly not use his limited time to advocate for it.  He 
had a similar reaction to encouraging rapid Lebanese 
Presidential Elections  without condition (ref B).  Navikas 
said that the GOL remains willing to use sanctions as a 
valuable tool for preventing Iran from developing nuclear 
weapons.  He said that the GOL supports a third UNSCR 
sanctioning Iran, and if that is not possible it would 
support further EU sanctions.  The GOL doesn't believe the 
latest National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) in any way 
changes the fact that Iran has not complied with the first 
two UNSCRs or mitigates the danger of its nuclear program. 
CLOUD