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Title: FEBRUARY GAERC: LITHUANIA FOCUSED ON KOSOVO,

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SUBJECT: FEBRUARY GAERC:  LITHUANIA FOCUSED ON KOSOVO, 
AFGHANISTAN, SETTING STAGE FOR MARCH COUNCIL 
 
REF: SECSTATE 13840 
 
Classified By: Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Rebecca Dunham for reasons 
 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Lithuania's FM does not plan any interventions for the 
February GAERC, but is supportive of U.S. positions.  In the 
lead-up to the GAERC, Lithuania focused on Kosovo, 
Afghanistan, and setting the stage for a March European 
Council that focuses on the Lisbon strategy and the energy 
sector.  End Summary. 
 
¶2. (C) We delivered reftel points to Tomas Gulbinas, head of 
the MFA's Common Foreign and Security Policy Division. 
Gulbinas told us that Lithuania's primary concern during the 
February GAERC was setting the stage for the European Council 
discussion on energy security in March.  So far, Gulbinas 
said, it appears that the German presidency is very aware of 
Lithuanian concerns.  Gulbinas said Lithuania was pleased 
with the European Neighborhood Policy discussion last month 
and is planning to engage in a large discussion of ENP at the 
March 20 Gymnich. 
 
Kosovo 
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¶3. (C) Gulbinas told us that there is no consensus on the 
GAERC conclusions on Kosovo, and that Foreign Ministers would 
likely go into the GAERC without having reached consensus in 
Political and Security Committee.  Some countries have issues 
with Ahtisaari's recommendations, and want the conclusion to 
"welcome the presentation of the recommendations" rather than 
"welcome the recommendations," with which they take issue. 
Although Lithuania will ultimately support the 
recommendations, and would support even clearer independence 
for Kosovo, they too have "questions" because the document 
purports to recommend something short of total independence 
but nevertheless allow Kosovo to gain membership in 
international organizations. 
 
MEPP 
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¶4. (C) Gulbinas welcomed the February 2 Quartet meeting as 
"some sign of hope."  While Lithuania is not a vocal actor in 
the EU on MEPP issues, Gulbinas did acknowledge the 
preference for European engagement via the EU and not the 
Middle East peace initiative vetted by Spain and France in 
November. 
 
Iran 
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¶5. (C) The EU will debate extending EU sanctions against Iran 
further than that required by UNSCR 1737, which Gulbinas 
called the lowest common denominator.  Lithuania will support 
stronger sanctions against Iran in EU structures.  According 
to Gulbinas, the Foreign Ministers will also discuss 
balancing sanctions and engagement with the government of 
Iran. 
 
Afghanistan 
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¶6. (C) On Afghanistan, Gulbinas told us the ministers will 
formalize what is already agreed to in working groups, a 
police training program under the auspices of ESDP.  As the 
Lithuania-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Ghor, 
Afghanistan concentrates primarily on police reform, 
Lithuania is pleased by the EU initiative and has actively 
supported it from Brussels.  Gulbinas also mentioned that EU 
money for projects are part of the same initiative and would 
benefit Lithuania's PRT directly. 
KELLY