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Title: GAERC: LITHUANIA WANTS A COMMON EU ENERGY POLICY

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09VILNIUS452009-01-22 14:50:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: GAERC: LITHUANIA WANTS A COMMON EU ENERGY POLICY 
 
REF: A. STATE 04297 
     ¶B. STATE 01985 
     ¶C. VILNIUS 26 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Summary.  Foreign Minister Usackas will focus on 
energy security and the importance of the Eastern Partnership 
at the upcoming GAERC (ref A).  The GOL is open to the idea 
of inviting President Lukashenka to the Czech-hosted EU 
Summit in May, though they agree on the need for demonstrable 
reforms before an invitation is extended. 
 
¶2. (C) Post again discussed the potential EU-Syria 
Association Agreement (refs B and C) with the MFA.  EU Head 
of Common Foreign and Security Policy Egidijus Navikas 
accepted U.S. concerns that the timing of such an agreement 
appears to reward the SARG for unfulfilled promises and bad 
behavior.  He admitted he was unsure of the agreement's 
implementation schedule however he said he cannot believe 
there will not be one more opportunity for the GAERC to 
approve or delay it.  End summary. 
 
¶3. (C) Post discussed ref A points with the MFA's Head of 
Common Foreign and Security Policy, Egidijus Navikas, January 
¶21.  He said FM Usackas will speak primarily on two issues, 
energy security and the importance of the Eastern 
Partnership.  On energy security his focus will be on lessons 
learned from the Ukraine-Russia energy dispute, especially 
the necessity of having a common EU policy on energy markets. 
 
¶4. (C) The FM will also speak in support of the Eastern 
Partnership launch scheduled for the EU Summit in May, 
including its calls for closer EU ties to Belarus, Moldova, 
and Ukraine.  Navikas suspects the Czechs want to invite 
President Lukashenka to the Summit -- something to which the 
Lithuanians might be agreeable, however they see a need for 
demonstrable reforms in Belarus before any invitation is 
extended. 
 
¶5. (C) On Balkan issues, Navikas said the GOL hopes EULEX is 
on track to assume operational capability over rule of law 
issues in Kosovo.  He also said the GOL favors both EU 
engagement with Serbia to keep it on an eventual EU accession 
track, and European Commission commencement of an EU 
application process for Montenegro. 
 
¶6. (C) Post raised the idea of Lithuania accepting GTMO 
detainees and Navikas said the GOL is in talks on the issue 
at its upper levels (septel).  On Afghanistan, he said the 
Lithuanians support an increased EU presence, particularly 
EUPOL.  Navikas accepted Chad/Darfur and Zimbabwe points 
though he said they are not on the January agenda. 
CLOUD