Viewing cable 09VILNIUS479
Title: GOL FOCUSED ON SOUTHERN CAUCASUS AT GAERC

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09VILNIUS4792009-09-11 13:23:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: GOL FOCUSED ON SOUTHERN CAUCASUS AT GAERC 
 
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Classified By: CLASSIFIED BY CHARGE D'AFFAIRES DAMIAN LEADER, FOR REASO 
NS 1.4 (B) AND (D). 
 
¶1.  (C) The head of MFA's Common Foreign and Security Policy 
Division, Egidijus Navikas told us that Foreign Minister 
Usackas will speak in favor of new generation treaties with 
the Southern Caucasus at the GAERC session on September 
14-15.  He said FM Usackas will also suggest that energy 
security be added to the agenda for the next European Council 
discussion. 
 
¶2.  (C) Navikas shared an "orientation note" on the Southern 
Caucasus prepared by the Swedish Presidency (sent to EUR/NB, 
EUR/ERA) which highlights the EU strategy of inclusiveness 
and differentiation.  According to the note, the EU plans an 
inclusive approach to develop relations with Armenia, 
Azerbaijan and Georgia, giving each country a similar degree 
of political attention.  At the same time the EU expects 
relations with Southern Caucasus states will progress based 
on the willingness of each individual partner.  New 
Partnership and Cooperation Agreements may be tailored to 
address the specific needs of each country and timelines may 
differ. 
 
¶3.  (C) Navikas said that the Ministers' dinner discussion 
will focus on Iran.  He expressed concern over recent arrests 
of EU citizens and some Embassy personnel.  We took the 
opportunity to repeat our previous request (reftel A) that 
the GOL and the EU advocate for the missing Americans. 
Navikas said the Ministers will continue discussion on 
Afghanistan elections and said the EU's Afghanistan - 
Pakistan strategy will likely be adopted in October.  He said 
they will also discuss the EUPOL mission.  We thanked the GOL 
for its contributions to EUPOL and urged the EU to fund and 
fill vacant EUPOL positions. 
 
¶4.  (C) We also delivered talking points on the situation in 
Sri Lanka (reftel B) and stressed the importance of 
coordinated international action to assist the internally 
displaced persons (IDPs).  Navikas noted that the topic of 
Sri Lanka was removed from the GAERC agenda and is unlikely 
to be discussed.  We emphasized our concern that the monsoon 
season is an imminent threat to the IDPs and Navikas agreed 
to flag the issue for his Director. 
LEADER