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Title: GAERC: LITHUANIA WORRIED DRAFT LANGUAGE NOT STRONG

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08VILNIUS8432008-10-09 09:33:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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TAGS: PREL EUN PHUM GG BO UZ ZI LH
SUBJECT: GAERC: LITHUANIA WORRIED DRAFT LANGUAGE NOT STRONG 
ENOUGH ON GEORGIA 
 
REF: STATE 108064 
 
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 October 8 that Lithuania is concerned that 
current GAERC draft language "welcoming the progress of 
withdrawal" by the Russians in Georgia implies Russia is 
close to completing the commitments it made August 12 and 
September 8, including full withdrawal to pre-conflict 
positions.  Navikas said Lithuania, which is skeptical Russia 
will ever do this, could accept this text only if a 
qualifying statement also calling for full implementation of 
August 12 and September 8 commitments is added. 
 
¶2. (C) Navikas noted that while Poland, Sweden, and the other 
Baltics share their concerns on the weaker text, the 
Lithuanians are troubled that the UK is not taking its usual 
harder line within EU settings toward Russian actions in 
Georgia.  He said the Lithuanians fear some EU member state 
or Russia itself will interpret the "welcoming" language as 
an opening to advocate the resumption of normal EU-Russia 
relations and perhaps re-start EU-Russia post-PCA 
negotiations. 
 
¶3. (C) On Belarus, Navikas said there is a growing EU 
consensus to send some signal, perhaps language calling for 
ministerial level dialogue, to Belarus acknowledging the 
release of political prisoners; however he said one EU state, 
the Netherlands, is threatening to veto any move in this 
direction until full democracy is established.  Navikas said, 
however, that the Lithuanians worry that if no conciliatory 
signal is sent by the EU, the Belarusians will feel forced 
into a closer relationship with Russia.  He said Lithuania 
was disappointed by the Parliamentary elections, but has to 
balance its promotion of democracy in Belarus with its 
concerns over growing Russian influence. 
 
¶4. (C) The Lithuanians agree on our policy toward Zimbabwe 
and Navikas said he suspects the EU will maintain current 
sanctions.  On Uzbekistan, he said he was aware of the human 
rights situation but that the Lithuanians are still defining 
a policy on whether or not to increase EU engagement with the 
Uzbeks. 
CLOUD