C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000112
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/25/2019
TAGS: PARM KNNP IAIE MNUC TRGY LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA SAYS EU WILL STAND WITH U.S. ON IRAN AND
SYRIA AT IAEA MEETING
REF: SECSTATE 16285
Classified By: DCM Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4(b) and (d)
Â¶1. (C) After receiving reftel information, Robertas Rosinas,
the head of the Lithuanian MFA's Arms Control and Terrorism
Prevention Division told us that early drafts of EU
statements to be presented at the IAEA Board of Governors
meeting March 2-6 "speak very strongly on" Iran and Syria and
generally are in line with the U.S. position. But said
Lithuania will adhere to its tradition of not making national
statements, instead working to ensure that the EU statements
reflect Lithuania's position and are strong enough.
Â¶2. (C) Rosinas said he expected the EU also to issue a
statement on North Korea at the Board of Governors meeting.
"The mood is that we will be speaking strongly on all three
countries," he said.
Â¶3. (C) He said he also expected the EU indirectly to
reference Belarus with a statement that every country that
wants to begin developing a nuclear energy program must
accept all safeguards. "The problem is that Belarus hasn't
ratified the Additional Protocol yet." He said the EU would
not mention Belarus by name, but would make clear at whom
this "soft signal" was directed.