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Title: GYMNICH: LITHUANIA FAVORS ESDP MISSION FOR

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08VILNIUS7242008-09-04 15:22:00 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 000724 
 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/04/2018 
TAGS: PREL PHUM EUN RU GG LH
SUBJECT: GYMNICH: LITHUANIA FAVORS ESDP MISSION FOR 
GEORGIA; REVIEW OF TRANSATLANTIC THREATS 
 
REF: A. STATE 93272 
     ¶B. STATE 93264 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John A. Cloud for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) MFA Common Foreign and Security Policy Head Egidijus 
Navikas told Post September 4 that GOL Foreign Minister 
Petras Vaitiekunas will speak at the September 5 Gymnich 
(refs a and b) in favor of sending an ESDP Mission to Georgia 
(and contributing Lithuanian personnel), making a political 
decision on when to begin visa facilitation dialogues with 
Georgia and Ukraine, and calling for collaboration with the 
U.S. on both an updated EU Security Strategy and a 
reassessment of current transatlantic threats, specifically 
from Russia. 
 
¶2. (C) Navikas said Vaitiekunas was pleased with the 
September 1 EU Summit conclusions.  He is now intent on 
lobbying his fellow foreign ministers to transform these 
conclusions into concrete action plans at the Gymnich so that 
they can then become consensus decisions at the September 15 
GAERC. 
 
¶3. (C) On other Gymnich issues, Lithuania agrees with the USG 
position on both the "unhelpfulness" of Serbia requesting an 
ICJ referral on Kosovo independence from the UNGA and the 
importance of the EULEX mission in the Balkans.  Lithuania 
also supports increased EU engagement in the Middle East and 
the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. 
CLOUD