Viewing cable 08VILNIUS924
Title: LITHUANIA, EU ADVOCATE PUBLIC DIPLOMACY TO BOSNIAN

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08VILNIUS9242008-10-31 14:15:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA, EU ADVOCATE PUBLIC DIPLOMACY TO BOSNIAN 
CIVIL SOCIETY 
 
REF: A. STATE 113894 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 923 
 
Classified By: Charge Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) The MFA's Acting Head of EU Enlargement Nerijus 
Aleksiejunas told Post October 28 that Lithuania is concerned 
by the deteriorating situation in Bosnia (ref a) -- all the 
more disturbing, he pointed out, given that the Bosnians just 
signed a Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU 
in June 2008 and are currently negotiating Schengen visa 
facilitation. 
 
¶2. (C) Aleksiejunas said Lithuania is working within the EU 
to keep Bosnia on a path to European integration and that 
many in Brussels are advocating an increase in EU-centered 
public diplomacy as a way to "enforce" the EU perspective 
with Bosnian civil society.  He noted the "unhelpfulness" of 
Prime Minister Dodik's comments hinting at eventual 
independence for the Republic of Srpska, and said the EU 
plans to take a mediating role in any ethnic-based 
disagreements within Bosnia. 
 
¶3. (C) Post also raised Bosnia with the Head of Common 
Foreign and Security Policy Egidijus Navikas when discussing 
the November Gymnich and GAERC meetings (ref b).  Navikas, 
more senior on EU issues than Aleksiejunas, confirmed both EU 
and Lithuanian concerns about Bosnia but said honestly that 
he doubted the situation there would get much focus in 
upcoming EU meetings, which will be more about EU-Russia and 
U.S.-EU relations. 
LEADER