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Title: GAERC: LITHUANIA WANTS TO BUILD CONSENSUS TO DELAY

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08VILNIUS9232008-10-31 14:10:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: GAERC: LITHUANIA WANTS TO BUILD CONSENSUS TO DELAY 
POST-PCA RESUMPTION 
 
REF: A. STATE 115017 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 903 
 
Classified By: Charge Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Post discussed ref a points October 30 with MFA Head 
of the Common Foreign and Security Policy Division Egidijus 
Navikas in anticipation of the November 3 Gymnich and the 
November 10-11 GAERC.  The most pressing issues to the 
Lithuanians for these two meetings are the resolution of the 
Georgia situation and whether or not the EU should resume 
post-PCA negotiations with the Russians, something the 
Lithuanians are dead set against (ref b). 
 
¶2. (C) Navikas pointed out that resuming these negotiations 
with Russia will be done by consensus, rather than by voting, 
therefore using a singular 'veto' is not applicable.  He said 
the best case scenario for the Lithuanians is to build an 
alternative consensus to delay the resumption.  Navikas said 
the Foreign Ministers from EU member states who agree on 
pursuing this alternative -- the other Baltic states, the 
Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden and to a lesser extent the UK 
-- have agreed to meet on the margins of the Gymnich to 
strategize.  Note: The Lithuanians have multiple tracks to 
achieve this delay.  MFA Undersecretary Zygimantis 
Pavilionis, who has the actual lead on this issue for the 
GOL, traveled to Washington October 30 to directly present 
the Lithuanian case and enlist our help in prodding the 
reluctant British to also advocate delaying the resumption of 
negotiations.  End note. 
 
¶3. (C) Navikas also addressed the Medvedev proposals, saying 
the Lithuanians see them as a Russian attempt to undermine 
NATO.  He said the main Lithuanian goal of the Transatlantic 
Relations issue (ref a) -- the main topic of conversation for 
the Gymnich -- is to have a U.S.-EU cooperation level that 
would make a future "Georgia" impossible. 
 
¶4. (C) On other GAERC points, Navikas said the Lithuanians 
are open to increased EU funding for the Federally 
Administered Tribal Areas in Western Pakistan (though they 
are not in a position to fund), and additional EU sanctions 
on Iran.  Though the Lithuanians are not really focused on 
Doha, Navikas did say he would look into their positions on 
overall EU trade with the producer countries -- Brazil, 
China, and India. 
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