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Title: LITHUANIA SUPPORTS DOUBLE ROLLOVER FOR BELARUS

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09VILNIUS6022009-11-10 15:08:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA SUPPORTS DOUBLE ROLLOVER FOR BELARUS 
SANCTIONS 
 
REF: SECSTATE 112644 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief JMFinkbeiner for reasons 1.4(b) and (d). 
 
(C)  We delivered reftel talking points regarding the EU's 
sanction policy for Belarus to MFA's Deputy Director of the 
Eastern Neighborhood Department Marijus Gudynas on November 
¶9.  Gudynas shared a copy of the EU Draft Council Conclusions 
on Belarus dated November 11 (sent via email to EUR/UMB, 
EUR/ERA and EUR/NB).  The proposal, which was circulated by 
the Swedish Presidency, calls for a double rollover of both 
the mandate for the sanctions and the suspension of the 
sanctions until October 2010.  We expressed our support for 
the double rollover approach and suggested that the EU would 
maintain greater leverage if the expiration dates for the 
mandate and for the suspension of sanctions respectively were 
staggered.  Gudynas said that the Lithuanian Parliament's 
Foreign Affairs Committee is in favor of the double rollover 
approach but did not specify a preference on the timing of 
expiration dates.  According to Gudynas this leaves the GOL 
"rather flexible" on the issue of timing.  He indicated that 
the GOL, taking our suggestions into account, would likely 
support the UK proposal to stagger the timing of expiration 
dates.  He revealed that Germany, France and Latvia want to 
end the sanctions on Belarus altogether.  Gudynas suspects 
that the positions of Germany and Latvia are motivated by 
business interests in Belarus. 
DERSE