Viewing cable 09VILNIUS393
Title: GAERC: LITHUANIA SUPPORTS U.S. JOINING EU

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09VILNIUS3932009-07-17 13:33:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: GAERC: LITHUANIA SUPPORTS U.S. JOINING EU 
MONITORING MISSION IN GEORGIA 
 
Classified By: Charge d'Affaires Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) a 
nd (d) 
 
¶1.  (C) Summary.  Lithuania is confident that the EU 
Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia will be renewed for 
another year at the upcoming GAERC meeting.  Lithuania would 
welcome U.S. involvement with the EUMM.  Although Lithuania 
expressed less interest in other topics to be addressed at 
the July GAERC meeting, it will support strengthening of 
sanctions against Iran.  End summary. 
 
¶2.  (C) We met with the head of the MFA's Common Foreign and 
Security Policy Division, Egidijus Navikas, on July 17 to 
discuss the July 27-28 GAERC meeting.  Navikas said that 
Lithuania considered Georgia the most important item on the 
agenda.  He said there was no doubt that the EUMM mandate 
would be renewed for one year, and shared with us a draft 
Council conclusion extending the mandate until Sept. 14, 
2010, and regretting that no such agreement has been reached 
on the future of the UN and OSCE missions in Georgia. 
 
¶3.  (C) Navikas said that Lithuania would strongly welcome 
U.S. involvement with the EUMM.  Asked how the United States 
could best contribute, he replied, "By sending personnel 
there, and also equipment."  Details of any participation 
would have to be worked out with Brussels rather than 
depending on the wishes of any single EU member state, he 
said. 
 
¶4.  (C) On Somalia, Navikas listened to our points but 
offered little comment.  On Iran, he said Lithuania shared 
our concern about the arrests of foreign citizens and staff 
members of the British Embassy and the restrictions on media 
freedom.  Navikas said several possible responses to the 
British Embassy arrests were discussed at the most recent EU 
Political Directors' meeting in Stockholm -- including 
demarches, visa bans and making it more difficult for Iranian 
officials to receive diplomatic visas -- but that he did not 
know what steps, if any, would be taken.  Though Lithuania 
will not lead any discussion on Iran, he said, "If asked, we 
will support stronger sanctions." 
LEADER