Viewing cable 09VILNIUS552
Title: GAERC: LITHUANIA'S PRIORITIES ARE AFGHANISTAN,

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09VILNIUS5522009-10-23 12:21:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: GAERC:  LITHUANIA'S PRIORITIES ARE AFGHANISTAN, 
MOLDOVA 
 
Classified By: Acting DCM John M. Finkbeiner for reasons 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.  He shared a draft 
working paper on Strengthening EU Action in Afghanistan and 
Pakistan (paper sent to EUR/NB,  EUR/ERA).  Navikas said that 
Foreign Minister Usackas will participate in the discussion 
on Afghanistan and on Moldova.  Navikas said that together 
with Hungarian FM Peter Balazs, Polish FM Radoslaw Sikorski, 
and Romanian FM Catalin Marian Predoiu, FM Usackas submitted 
a letter to the European Commission requesting financial 
assistance for Moldova and urging that the EU's policy 
towards Moldova be discussed at the October GAERC (letter 
sent to EUR/NB and EUR/ERA).  End summary. 
 
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Afghanistan 
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¶2.  (C) FM Usackas traveled to Afghanistan for the first time 
October 15-17 together with Ambassador Derse, Greek 
Ambassador Catsambis and a delegation of GOL officials. 
Navikas said that FM Usackas will share his impressions of 
the trip at the GAERC meeting.  He said that Usackas will 
also participate in conversations on the status of Afghan 
elections and on the EU strategy for Afghanistan and 
Pakistan, which the GOL fully supports.  Navikas said that 
the GOL's proposal for more balanced financing for all PRT 
provinces was added to the strategy document in paragraph 43 
as follows: 
 
Begin text.  "The EU will also put emphasis on ensuring that 
continued European and international efforts in the area of 
Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) are adequately 
coordinated with the ANDS and the Afghan government's 
national programmes.  In this respect the EU will actively 
consider continuing its direct support to the activities of 
EU PRTs as regards civilian assistance in the provinces." 
End text. 
 
We thanked the GOL for its contributions in Afghanistan 
including contributions to the EUPOL program and urged them 
to encourage the EU to fully staff the EUPOL mission to 400 
persons. 
 
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Western Balkans 
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¶3.  (C) Navikas said that FM Usackas will speak in favor of 
financial assistance for Moldova.  On October 9 FM Usackas 
together with Hungarian FM Peter Balazs, Polish FM Radoslaw 
Sikorski, and Romanian FM Catalin Marian Predoiu sent a 
letter calling on the European Commission (EC) to provide 
financial assistance to Moldova.  The letter states that the 
economic situation in Moldova is disastrous and might 
deteriorate during the rest of 2009.  The FMs urged the EC to 
provide assistance in the coming months as IMF and WB funds 
are not expected until the end of 2009 or early 2010. 
Navikas said that the GOL does not expect any conclusions on 
its request to come out of this GAERC. 
 
¶4.  (SBU) Navikas said that the GOL supports the U.S. and the 
Swedish Presidency on Bosnia's constitutional reform and on 
the closure of the Office of the High Representative. 
 
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Middle East 
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¶5.  (SBU) We provided an update on the Middle East peace 
process including President Obama's September 22 meeting and 
Special Envoy Mitchell's subsequent discussions with his 
counterparts.  We asked for continued EU and bilateral 
support to urge the leaders of Israel and Palestine to take 
steps necessary to re-start negotiations and ensure that they 
succeed. 
DERSE