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Title: GIMNICH DISCUSSION WILL REFINE EU POLICIES FOR

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09VILNIUS4662009-09-02 14:03:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: GIMNICH DISCUSSION WILL REFINE EU POLICIES FOR 
AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN 
 
Classified By: CLASSIFIED BY CHARGE D'AFFAIRES DAMIAN LEADER, FOR REASO 
NS 1.4 (B) AND (D). 
 
¶1.  (C) Summary.  The head of MFA's Common Foreign and 
Security Policy Division, Egidijus Navikas said that Foreign 
Ministers plan to adopt an EU strategy for Afghanistan and 
Pakistan at the next GAERC meeting and will use the GIMNICH 
discussion to refine policies.  He shared a white paper (sent 
to EUR/NB,  EUR/ERA) which outlines suggested elements for 
discussion concerning Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Navikas 
said that the GIMNICH agenda also includes a broad discussion 
on the EU itself.  End summary. 
 
¶2.  (C) We met with Navikas on August 31 to discuss the 
upcoming GIMNICH meetings.  Navikas said that the GOL will 
not be heavily engaged in the GIMNICH agenda (the GOL is very 
active in Afghanistan but most of its contributions are at 
the bilateral level rather than the EU level). 
 
¶3. (C) Navikas said that the Foreign Ministers plan to adopt 
an EU strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the next GAERC 
meeting on September 14-15.  He shared a white paper that 
will be used for discussion at the GIMNICH.  The paper 
suggests that, in general, separate mandates are appropriate 
for Afghanistan and Pakistan because complex issues affecting 
either country cannot be treated as a single policy.  However 
the paper identifies a few areas which "call for a shared 
response" including: 
-- enhanced regional cooperation, 
-- improved EU-coordination as part of international 
coordination and 
-- enhanced trans-Atlantic cooperation to focus on areas 
related to the institutional side of security, civilian 
governance, capacity building and rule of law. 
 
Regarding Afghanistan the paper outlines a plan to: 
-- increase Afghan ownership in reconstruction initiatives 
-- strengthen rule of law and governance and 
-- enhance the effectiveness of EU presence and activities in 
Afghanistan. 
 
Regarding Pakistan the paper outlines a plan to: 
-- support the Malakand Development Strategy, 
-- strengthen cooperation on democracy, governance and rule 
of law, 
-- enhance cooperation on socio-economic development and 
-- strengthen the EU-Pakistan dialogue and partnership. 
 
¶4.  (C) We urged the GOL to use its influence in the EU to 
fill the 140 approved but vacant EUPOL positions.  Navikas 
said the GOL supports strengthening of the EUPOL mission. 
(Comment. At present the GOL has four EUPOL resources in 
Afghanistan including three police mentors and one resource 
from the prosecutor's office.  End comment).  The white paper 
suggests that EUPOL has been hampered by a lack of funding 
and that the EU is looking into establishing a funding 
mechanism to support EUPOL activities. 
 
¶5.  (C) We asked the GOL to encourage EU member states to 
begin preparations for specific measures, possibly including 
additional sanctions if Iran fails to respond to U.S. and EU 
diplomatic efforts.  We also asked the GOL to help advocate 
for the five Americans missing in Iran. 
 
¶6.  (C) Navickas said that the GOL favors the two-state 
solution for Israel and Palestine and supports EU and U.S. 
efforts in this area.  He expects that the EU special 
representative will propose deeper EU engagement in the 
Israeli - Palestinian peace process.  He also stated that the 
GOL supports U.S. diplomatic efforts to freeze Israeli 
settlements in East Jerusalem and in the West Bank. 
 
¶7.  (C) Navikas said that the GIMNICH agenda also includes a 
broad discussion on the EU itself which he referred to as a 
"contest of smartness" among the participants.  He said the 
discussion will likely center on people, structure, funding, 
experiences gained and priorities including stability and 
prosperity in the EU neighborhood, effective crisis 
management (globally) and relationships with central partners. 
LEADER