Viewing cable 09VILNIUS656
Title: LITHUANIA FOCUSED ON WESTERN BALKANS, EAP PLANNING

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09VILNIUS6562009-12-07 11:21:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA FOCUSED ON WESTERN BALKANS, EAP PLANNING 
AT FAC 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4(b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (C) We spoke with head of MFA's Common Foreign and 
Security Policy Division, Egidijus Navikas on December 4.  He 
said that Lithuania will be focused on the Western Balkans 
during the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting. 
Navikas expects that Ministers will reach an agreement on 
transforming the ALTHEA mission in Bosnia from a military 
operation to an advisory operation.  He elaborated that the 
GOL wants the operation to remain a Berlin plus collaboration 
between the EU and NATO.  Navikas said that the GOL supports 
EU expansion but noted that aspirant states are proceeding at 
their own pace.  He expressed hope that Croatia will finalize 
its accession agreements next year.  Navikas confirmed that 
the GOL supports Macedonia's EU aspirations but underscored 
that the bilateral dispute with Greece is a problem.  We 
urged the GOL not to allow bilateral disputes to block the 
integration process.  Navikas said that the EU needs to send 
positive signals with regards to Serbia.  He noted that the 
Dutch are concerned about Serbia's lack of cooperation with 
the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former 
Yugoslavia.  The GOL looks forward to further discussions 
with Iceland next year on EU integration. 
 
¶2.  (C) Navikas said that the FAC discussion on Iran will 
likely focus on sanctions. He confirmed that the GOL will 
support additional sanctions on Iran.  Navikas elaborated 
that ideally, the UNSC would resolve to apply additional 
sanctions.  However, the GOL would also support autonomous 
sanctions through the EU. On the Middle East Peace Process, 
Navikas said that Council conclusions are still being 
finalized.  He noted that there are disagreements on wording 
such as whether to say that the EU "welcomes" Israel 's 
suspension of settlements or that the EU "takes positive note 
of" Israel's suspension of settlements.  Navikas said that 
the FAC will likely use "State of Palestine" when speaking in 
the future tense and "Palestinian Authority" when speaking in 
the present tense. 
 
¶3.  (C) Navikas said that the FAC will also formalize the 
decision to prepare mandates for future association 
agreements with Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. On the 
margins of the council meetings, EU and Eastern Partnership 
(EAP) Ministers will hold their first annual Ministerial 
meeting since the founding of the EAP last Spring.  During 
the meeting the Ministers will take stock of EAP 
accomplishments to date.  Navikas said the GOL will stress 
that EAP participants should begin to implement concrete 
projects.  The GOL will push for association agreements, free 
trade agreements and visa facilitation agreements for EAP 
participating countries that do not already have one.  The 
GOL will also push for visa free travel with Ukraine and 
Moldova who already have visa facilitation agreements in 
place.  EAP participants will also discuss cultural projects. 
 
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