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Title: LITHUANIA FAVORS TURKEY'S EU ACCESSION DESPITE AKP

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08VILNIUS6002008-07-25 13:34:00 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 VILNIUS 000600 
 
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EUR/SE:DGARBE AND EUR/ERA:JGIAUQUE 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/25/2018 
TAGS: PREL PGOV TU EUN LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA FAVORS TURKEY'S EU ACCESSION DESPITE AKP 
COURT CASE 
 
REF: STATE 79278 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John A. Cloud for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
(C) MFA Director of the European Union Department Vidmantas 
Purlys told Post July 25 that he expects Lithuania will 
continue to support Turkey's EU accession process even if its 
Constitutional Court bans the ruling Justice and Development 
Party (reftel).  He predicted some EU member states will cite 
this court case as a reason to halt Turkey's EU accession but 
that Lithuania will attempt to form a consensus among EU 
members that keeps the process going.  Purlys characterized 
Turkey as a valuable NATO ally and strategic energy partner 
and said it is in the EU's interest to keep Turkey oriented 
toward the West. 
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