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Title: LIBERTAS RECRUITS RESPECTED EUROPARLIAMENT

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09VILNIUS1892009-04-08 13:49:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LIBERTAS RECRUITS RESPECTED EUROPARLIAMENT 
CANDIDATES IN LITHUANIA 
 
REF: DUBLIN 099 
 
¶1. Declan Ganley, founder of the Pan-European party Libertas, 
on March 31 visited Vilnius for the second time in four weeks 
and announced the first Lithuanian candidates to run for 
European Parliament seats under the party's banner.  Those 
candidates included the top domestic-policy advisor to 
President Adamkus, who resigned that job the next day, and a 
well-connected business lawyer.  The new and successful 
National Revival Party may join forces with Libertas in 
Lithuania. 
 
¶2. The presidential advisor, Lauras Bielinis, said joining 
with Libertas did not make him a Euroskeptic, but he demurred 
when asked whether he personally supported the Lisbon Treaty, 
saying -- to the astonishment of reporters -- that he had 
never read it.  Although Beilinis said at the press 
conference with Ganley that he had discussed his candidacy 
with President Adamkus, the president later said his 
advisor's decision had surprised him, and Bielinis resigned 
his job the following day.  Lawyer Eugenija Sutkiene said her 
goal was to keep her country from ceding more power.  She 
said Lithuanians do not want to receive laws from Brussels as 
they did for so long from Moscow.  Neither Bielinis nor 
Sutkiene is associated with any Lithuanian political party. 
 
¶3. Lithuanian Seimas (parliament) member Saulius Stoma, who 
tops the National Revival Party's list for the June 7 
European Parliament elections, also spoke at the Libertas 
press conference.  Although Ganley said discussions between 
the two parties were not final, another Seimas member from 
National Revival told us a few days earlier, "We have a deal 
with Libertas" on the European Parliament elections. 
National Revival was founded only in 2008, but is the 
third-largest party in the Seimas and is one of four parties 
forming the coalition government. 
 
¶4. Libertas was not among 17 Lithuanian political parties to 
submit party lists to the GOL's Justice Ministry by the April 
2 deadline.  Thus, the only way Libertas can participate in 
the elections is by having its candidates listed among those 
of one of the 17 parties, which include the National Revival 
Party.  Lithuania gets 12 European Parliament seats, all of 
which are apportioned among those that receive at least 5 
percent of the votes (for individual parties) or 7 percent 
(for coalitions). 
CLOUD