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Title: LITHUANIA WILL MAKE AN ICJ STATEMENT IN FAVOR OF

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09VILNIUS4742009-09-10 06:01:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA WILL MAKE AN ICJ STATEMENT IN FAVOR OF 
KOSOVO 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 90199 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 203 
 
Classified By: 
CLASSIFIED BY CHARGE D'AFFAIRES DAMIAN LEADER, FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND 
(D). 
 
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GOL Sees the Light on Kosovo Support 
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¶1.  (C) After delivering on September 4 ref A demarche to 
MFA's Head of the EU Enlargement Division (and Kosovo point 
man) Nerijus Aleksiejunas, we learned that the GOL was 
shifting its previous position and would most likely present 
an oral statement in support of Kosovo at the International 
Court of Justice (ICJ) oral hearings in December.  On 
September 9 Aleksiejunas confirmed the GOL's decision to take 
part in the oral hearings.  He explained that since the GOL 
has established diplomatic relations with Kosovo, it is only 
logical for the GOL to support Kosovo independence at the 
ICJ.  We thanked Lithuania for reconsidering and underscored 
the importance of allies demonstrating to the court that they 
accept Kosovo as a member of the international community.  We 
also offered to coordinate with the GOL on its approach to 
the oral presentation if needed. 
 
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What Changed? 
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¶2.  (C) During our previous conversation with Aleksiejunas on 
April 15 (ref B) he said that the GOL would abstain from 
written and oral statements in support of Kosovo citing the 
need to "balance" the GOL's political relationship with 
Serbia where Lithuanians have significant investments.  Prior 
to delivering ref A demarche, we contacted the British 
Embassy and learned that British Ambassador Simon Butt had 
already raised the issue with FM Usackas, who tersely 
referred him to Aleksiejunas.  UK Deputy Head of Mission 
Stephen Conlon met with Aleksiejunas the week of August 28th 
and was pessimistic about the GOL's tone on the issue.  At 
that time, Aleksiejunas told Conlon that the GOL was 
"actively considering" the request to present an oral 
statement. 
 
¶3. (C)  During our September 4 conversation, Aleksiejunas 
indicated that Lithuanian-Serbian economic ties explained in 
part the GOL,s reluctance to make written and oral 
statements supporting Kosovo. Mentioning that the Serbian 
Foreign Minister visited Lithuania for the first time since 
the 1990s on August 4, Alexsiejunas said that Lithuanians 
still have investments in Serbia, but noted that a Lithuanian 
fertilizer factory in Serbia would soon close.  Alita, the 
Lithuanian champagne maker still has a stake in Serbian 
breweries.  Aleksiejunas said that he understands Bulgaria is 
also shifting its position on the ICJ oral hearings and is 
likely to make a statement supporting Kosovo.  He thanked us 
for our series of demarche briefings on the ICJ's Kosovo 
advisory opinion case and said the information has been 
helpful. 
LEADER