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Title: GAERC: LITHUANIA SUPPORTS ESDP ACCESS TO ALL OF

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SUBJECT: GAERC: LITHUANIA SUPPORTS ESDP ACCESS TO ALL OF 
GEORGIA 
 
REF: A. STATE 97574 
     ¶B. STATE 96598 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) MFA Common Foreign and Security Policy Head Egidijus 
Navikas told Post September 11 that GOL FM Petras Vaitiekunas 
will speak at the September 15-16 GAERC mainly on Georgia and 
Belarus.  Navikas said Vaitiekunas favors conclusion language 
calling for Russia to decrease forces in Georgia to 
pre-August 7 levels, and for an ESDP mission that has access 
throughout Georgia, including South Ossetia and Abkhazia.  On 
the latter point, Navikas said the Lithuanians "understand 
reality" that such access may not happen but nonetheless want 
the text to reflect it as a goal. 
 
¶2. (C) Navikas pointedly said that Lithuania does not support 
German FM Steinmeier's idea of having an international 
commission examine the Georgia conflict, whether it is 
discussed at the GAERC or not. 
 
¶3. (C) On Belarus, Navikas said Lithuania wants conclusion 
language acknowledging recent events, such as the release of 
political prisoners, but Vaitiekunas still supports a heavy 
OSCE presence during the September 28 Parliamentary 
elections.  Navikas noted that the FM was pleased that 
Belarusian President Lukashenka "kicked the issue" of 
recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia independence to the 
new Parliament, holding off Russian pressure to quickly 
recognize the two republics. 
 
¶4. (C) On other GAERC issues (ref b), Lithuania supports 
eventual EU membership for both Serbia and Turkey, an EULEX 
mission throughout Kosovo, ESDP engagement in Somalia, and 
U.S.-EU cooperation on sanctions toward Zimbabwe. 
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