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Title: GAERC: LITHUANIA WANTS EASTERN PARTNERSHIP LAUNCH

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08VILNIUS10262008-12-05 09:32:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: GAERC: LITHUANIA WANTS EASTERN PARTNERSHIP LAUNCH 
DURING CZECH PRESIDENCY 
 
REF: A. STATE 127023 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 994 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John A. Cloud for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Summary.  Lithuania hopes the EU, following the GAERC 
and the subsequent European Council meetings next week, will 
endorse the launch of the Eastern Partnership, a multilateral 
"platform" for EU 27 consultation and assistance with six 
former Soviet states.  The Lithuanians will also look for EU 
support for the Swedlink electrical cable connecting Sweden 
and Lithuania.  On other GAERC agenda items, Lithuania 
generally supports USG views, notably emphasizing the need 
for both the Bosnians to meet 5 2 commitments and the Turks 
to focus on judicial and political reform.  End summary. 
 
¶2. (C) Post discussed ref A points with the MFA's Head of 
Common Foreign and Security Policy, Egidijus Navikas, 
December 3.  He said the Lithuanians will be using GAERC 
mainly to finalize the agenda for the subsequent December 
11-12 European Council meeting.  There will two big ticket 
items of interest, the Eastern Partnership and Energy/Climate 
Change.  Navikas also confirmed that PM-designate Kubilius 
(note: or newly-confirmed PM, depending on how things 
progress in Vilnius) will attend the European Council meeting 
along with President Adamkus. 
 
¶3. (C) Navikas described the Eastern Partnership as a 
"platform" for consultation and assistance between the EU 27 
and six neighboring countries -- Armenia, Azerbaijan, 
Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.  This platform 
differs from the Stabilization and Cooperation Agreements 
already in place between the EU and various non-members 
because it will be multilateral in nature.  All 27 EU members 
plus the six will meet together.  Lithuania's goal is to get 
agreement to launch the Eastern Partnership at the Czech 
Presidency Summit next spring.  Belarus is included however 
its status has not been finalized.  Navikas predicted that 
the EU would surprise President Lukashenka by inviting him to 
the Summit but assign him observer status only. 
 
¶4. (C) The Energy/Climate change issue is divvied into three 
areas, Baltic interconnectivity, energy efficiency, and CO2 
quotas.  Navikas only addressed the first area.  He said the 
Lithuanians expect GAERC and Council support for the Swedlink 
electrical connection to the Baltic States however they would 
also like the EU's "implicit" endorsement of the cable going 
to Lithuania specifically (and not to Latvia). 
 
¶5. (C) Post discussed other GAERC agenda items with Navikas 
and found the Lithuanians in general agreement with USG 
policies.  They still support EU accession for Turkey but 
agree with Commission findings that the Turks need to focus 
on judicial and political reforms.  They share our concerns 
with the situation in Bosnia and support the need for 5 2 
commitments to be met. 
 
¶6. (C) The Lithuanians want to keep all the Balkan countries 
on an EU membership track and favor increasing EU public 
diplomacy toward the region as a weapon to counter 
"nationalist" sentiments.  Navikas summarized the Lithuanian 
position on WTO/Doha saying it supports opening up EU 
agrarian sectors if other nations -- Brazil, China and India 
-- open up their industrials sectors. 
 
¶7. (C) Post discussed Pakistan with Navikas December 3 and 
with other MFA officials on November 25 (ref B).  They seem 
open to taking a leadership role in future EU/Pakistan 
affairs, especially given Lithuania's involvement in 
Afghanistan through NATO, however it would be difficult this 
year because they have no money to put behind it. 
 
¶8. (C) Comment: the Lithuanians have been disappointed by 
France's EU Presidency primarily because of the French push 
for closer relations with Russia over Lithuanian and others' 
objections.  They are now focusing on the things they hope 
will get done during the Czech Presidency.  The Eastern 
Partnership would be welcome because it would increase EU 
engagement with fellow, former Soviet states, something the 
Lithuanians have long sought. 
 
¶9. (C) On energy issues, the GOL is looking for some kind of 
sign from the Council that the EU supports its claim to be on 
the receiving end of the Swedlink, as opposed to Latvia's. 
We see this as symptomatic of the Baltic states' inability to 
solve their energy problems collaboratively.  End comment. 
CLOUD