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Cablegate: Brazil to Wait and See On Kosovo Independence

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DEPARTMENT FOR EUR AND WHA/BSC

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/13/2018
TAGS: PREL PGOV UN UNMIK YI BR
SUBJECT: BRAZIL TO WAIT AND SEE ON KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE

REF: A) SECSTATE 13716 B) BRASILIA 00084

Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Phillip Chicola. Reason: 1.4 (b
) and (d)

1. (C) In the Ambassador's absence from the capital,
Political Counselor followed up Ambassador's initial demarche
on Kosovo independence (ref B), delivering Ref A points to
Brazil's Ministry of External Relations (MRE) Eastern
European Acting Director Rodrigo Mendes Carlos de Almeida.
De Almeida said that the MRE had taken USG views under
advisement and understands the substantive reasons that
Kosovo independence is merited, but is concerned that, as
UNSC Resolution 1244 is the basis for the process, the
outcome should be determined by UNSC action. In the MRE's
view, a unilateral declaration of independence under these
circumstances does not allow for immediate recognition. As a
result, Brazil does not/not plan to recognize Kosovo
independence immediately based on a unilateral declaration,
but will see how the process unfolds, both with regard to
Kosovo government commitments regarding adherence to the
Ahtisaari recommendations and international community
support, before making a decision on recognizing Kosovo's
independence.

2. (C) Comment: This position is not unexpected, as it fits
with Brazil's historic preference for multilateral, and
particularly UN-backed solutions, as well the GOB's tendency
to follow rather than lead on potentially contentious issues
on which it does not see core national interests at stake.

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