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Title: RC-WEST CONFERENCE IN VILNIUS

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09VILNIUS6352009-11-27 10:41:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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STATE FOR S/SRAP AMBASSADOR RICHARD HOLBROOKE AND PDAS JONES 
STATE FOR EUR/NB, EUR/RPM, SCA/A 
 
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TAGS: AF LH MAPP MOPS NATO PREL EAID
SUBJECT: RC-WEST CONFERENCE IN VILNIUS 
 
REF: VILNIUS 626 
 
¶1.  (U) Action request -- see paragraph 3. 
 
¶2.  (U) The GOL will hold a Regional Command-West Conference 
in Vilnius December 8-9 to discuss strategy for PRTs in 
Western Afghanistan.  We are working closely with U.S. 
delegation members and with MFA colleagues to ensure that the 
event will be a success. 
 
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RC-West Delegation 
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¶3.  (SBU) We request the Department's assistance to encourage 
RC-West PRT-leading countries Italy and Spain to send a 
robust and high-level delegation to the conference.  Italy 
has not yet designated a delegation and Spain has identified 
three delegation representatives.  The MFA provided us with 
the following list of RC-West participants as of November 25: 
 
 
United States of America 
Henry Ensher, Head of Delegation and Director of the Office 
of Afghanistan Affairs 
Brad Hanson, Senior Civilian Representative for RC West 
Hilda Grigorian, USAID Field Program Officer 
Ariella Viehe, Desk officer, SCA/A 
Raphael Carland (tentative), Desk Officer,  EUR/RPM 
Chris Meade, Desk Officer, SCA/A 
Lt. Col. Chris Ireland, Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination 
Cell (PACC) Afghanistan Action Officer, Joint Staff 
LTC Rob Goley, PRT/ADT Branch Chief CENTCOM 
Tom Parker, Foreign Affairs Officer, Afghanistan Desk, Office 
of Secretary of Defense 
Ambassador Derse and PolOff will attend on behalf of the U.S. 
Embassy. 
 
NATO ISAF 
Jacob McFerren, POLAD (U.S.) 
Claudio Mora, DCOS STABILITY (ITA) 
Fridrik Jonsson, Deputy Director of Development (ISL) 
 
EUPOL 
Colin Aitkin, Chief Inspector 
Julia Krause, Detective Lieutenant 
Marieke Denissen, Planning Officer 
 
Spain 
Mrs. Vidal Teresa Orjales, Counselor, Spanish Delegation to 
NATO 
COL Ramiro Gimenez, Mountain Regiment Commander 
COL Narisco Cayetano, Chief of Crisis Branch, Defense Policy 
Directorate 
 
The Netherlands 
Dutch Ambassador to Lithuania Joep Wijnands 
 
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Conference Format and Presentations 
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¶4. (U) MOD's Vice Minister Vytautas Umbrasas and MFA's Vice 
Minister Asta Skaisgiryte are scheduled to make opening 
remarks at the conference.  The conference format will 
consist of five sessions: 
 
--Security Challenges:  Regional Approach (moderated by 
Italy); 
 
--ISAF Operation: Towards Phase IV (moderated by Lithuania); 
 
--Support, Mentoring and Training of Afghan National Security 
Forces:  The Way Ahead for the Region (moderated by the U.S.); 
 
--Enhancing Civilian Dimension and Civilian Activities in 
PRTs and RC(W) HQ (moderated by Spain); and 
 
--Capacity Building and Supporting Reconstruction and 
Development (moderated by Lithuania). 
 
Each session will include a lead presentation followed by 
brief (ten minute) remarks by participating countries and a Q 
and A period.  The moderator will introduce speakers and 
guide the conversation.  The GOL requested that delegations 
submit a paragraph summarizing planned remarks as soon as 
possible.  In addition the GOL has offered to make time 
during the first session for a member of the U.S. delegation 
to present new developments in our Afghanistan policy 
including President Obama's decision on troop levels (if 
available by the time of the workshop).  The GOL is 
circulating a proposal for a civilian-military cell in 
RC-West (sent by email to SCA/A and EUR/NB).  GOL 
representatives will raise the idea during the conference. 
 
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Conference Goals and Conclusions 
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¶5.  (U) Ultimately, the GOL hopes that conference 
participants can establish strategic plans for deeper 
coordination within RC-West, more equitable balancing of 
RC-West resources, enhanced civilian participation and the 
long-term goal of transfer of PRT responsibilities to local 
authorities.  The GOL will draft a paper to capture 
conference conclusions. 
DERSE