Viewing cable 09VILNIUS139
Title: GAERC: SPOTLIGHT ON EASTERN PARTNERSHIP

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09VILNIUS1392009-03-16 09:37:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: GAERC: SPOTLIGHT ON EASTERN PARTNERSHIP 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4(b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Summary.  Foreign Minister Usackas will focus on the 
Eastern Partnership (EaP), Belarus and European Council 
Conclusions at the upcoming GAERC meetings.  The GOL 
continues to support Belarus' participation in the Eastern 
Partnership.  The GOL supports extending sanctions against 
Belarus for one year while suspending the visa ban for 
another six months. The GOL will likely weigh in on European 
Council Conclusions related to energy security, Eastern 
Partnership and the economic recovery plan. End Summary. 
 
BELARUS ISSUES 
 
¶2. (C) We met with the head of the MFA's Common Foreign and 
Security Policy Division, Egidijus Navikas, on March 12 to 
discuss the upcoming GAERC meeting.  Navikas said that 
Foreign Minister Usackas will support extending sanctions for 
one year while suspending the visa ban for another six 
months.  Navikas said that the GOL would like to see Belarus 
take positive steps forward but noted that there are no 
preconditions to Eastern Partnership participation.  We urged 
the GOL to consider Belarus' participation only on the basis 
of significant, concrete steps forward.  Navikas responded 
that the GOL is encouraging the GOB to do the right things 
but did not commit to link these actions to Eastern 
Partnership participation.  We reminded the GOL that the May 
7 EaP launch date coincides with the 10-year anniversary of 
former Minister of Internal Affairs Zakharenko's 
disappearance in Belarus and cautioned that Lukashenko's 
participation in the launch would undermine reform efforts. 
Navikas agrees that it would be easier if Lukashenko did not 
attend the launch meetings.  Navikas said that Belarus' 
parliament may wait until May to discuss recognition of 
Abkhazia and South Ossetia (Note:  The discussions on 
recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia were previously 
scheduled for April.) 
 
EUROPEAN COUNCIL CONCLUSIONS 
 
¶3. (C) Navikas said that the GOL is working on preparations 
for European Council Conclusions which will be discussed in 
upcoming GAERC meetings.  He notes that there are three 
elements of particular importance for the GOL: 
 
Energy Security  - Navikas said that more should be done to 
help isolated countries to tap energy and gas resources. 
 
Eastern Partnership - The EaP declaration includes several 
proposals from the GOL.  The GOL wants to specify that EaP 
will help to resolve frozen conflicts in participating 
countries.  The GOL is also calling for more concrete 
language on financial assistance and on visa liberalization 
for EaP countries. 
 
Economic Recovery Plan - Also a priority for the GOL, 
especially as it relates to financing for energy 
infrastructure. 
 
WESTERN BALKANS 
 
¶4.  (C) Navikas said the GOL is concerned about the situation 
in Bosnia and Herzegovina and that the EU should take more 
responsibility to send a message to Bosnian political 
leaders. The GOL supports the EC in moving forward to review 
Montenegro's candidacy for EU membership. 
 
PLANNING FOR U.S.-EU SUMMIT 
 
¶5.  (U) Navikas noted that the GAERC meetings will include a 
Ministers' lunch to discuss the upcoming U.S.-EU summit in 
Prague.  Navikas said the Ministers will likely collaborate 
on an agenda for the summit. 
 
FRIENDS OF GEORGIA 
 
¶6. (U) Navikas said that the Swedish FM is organizing a 
"Friends of Georgia" dinner on the margins of the GAERC 
meetings.  The Georgian FM is invited to attend.  Guests at 
the dinner will discuss Georgia's relationship with the EU 
and NATO. 
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