Viewing cable 09VILNIUS513
Title: LITHUANIA WELCOMES CLIMATE POLICY, BUT HOPES

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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA WELCOMES CLIMATE POLICY, BUT HOPES 
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Classified By: Charge d'Affaires Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4(b) an 
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¶1. (C)  SUMMARY:  Lithuanian government officials "appreciate 
the strong position the United States is taking right now" on 
climate change, but worry that discord in Congress might 
prevent the USG from meeting the goals set by the 
Administration.  Without follow-through from the United 
States, they said, it would be much harder to convince other 
countries to take their own politically and economically 
difficult actions.  The GOL, however, has a "great will to 
strengthen the climate-change agenda in Lithuania."  END 
SUMMARY. 
 
¶2. (C)  We delivered reftel points to Laura Dzelzyte, the 
Environment Minister's special advisor on climate change, and 
Stasile Znutiene, head of the Climate Change Division in the 
Ministry of Environment, on September 30.  They said they 
welcomed the importance being placed on climate issues by the 
United States, and the new direction the USG was taking in 
tackling climate change.  American leadership, they said, is 
key to a worldwide solution to the problem.  "If the United 
States of America will agree to the agreement negotiated in 
Copenhagen, other countries will, too," Znutiene said.  "In 
EU-China negotiations, they always stress, 'Let's look to the 
United States'." 
 
¶3. (C) But Dzelzyte said it was necessary to look beyond 
statements and goals.  "It's not enough to have a nice 
proposal," she said. "How can you ensure it will be enforced? 
 Can the United States assure that the Kyoto Protocol 
situation won't be repeated, especially to China and members 
of the Kyoto Protocol Climate Change Conference?  These are 
very nice propositions, but we're afraid, considering your 
current problems with health legislation, that climate 
legislation will be delayed.  How assured are we that it will 
happen?  How quickly will you be able to ratify the agreement 
negotiated at Copenhagen?" 
 
¶4. (C) Dzelzyte repeated that the GOL appreciated the 
leadership role the USG was assuming and the strong position 
it was taking on fighting climate change.  That goal and 
commitment are shared by Lithuania's government, she said. 
"We have a great will to strengthen the climate-change agenda 
in Lithuania, even though it is not easy because of the 
financial crisis," she said.  She cited President 
Grybauskaite's speech at UNGA as a public show of Lithuania's 
commitment to fighting climate change. 
LEADER