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Cablegate: Lobbying New Zealand On Kosovo Independence

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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/13/2023
TAGS: PGOV PREL NZ UN YI EU UNMIK
SUBJECT: LOBBYING NEW ZEALAND ON KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE

REF: STATE 13716

Classified By: DCM DAVID J. KEEGAN, EMBASSY WELLINGTON. REASONS 1.4 (B)
AND (D).

1. (C) DCM presented the demarche reftel to Caroline
Forsyth, MFAT Deputy Secretary for Multilateral and Global
Affairs, on February 12. She responded that New Zealand has
been following developments in Kosovo closely. GNZ has a
long-standing established practice of not making declarations
of recognition, but it rather allows that to be inferred from
its actions. She said that she expected the GNZ would do the
same in this case.

2. (C) DCM urged that New Zealand consider some public
statement in support of Kosovo's declaration of independence,
perhaps in the form of a press release from the Foreign
Minister. Forsyth promised to discuss the matter with others
in the Ministry and get back to post.
MCCORMICK

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