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Cablegate: Iceland Recognizes Kosovo's Independence

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OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHRK #0034 0651718
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 051718Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3581
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS REYKJAVIK 000034

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR P, EUR, EUR/SCE, EUR/NB

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV KV IC
SUBJECT: ICELAND RECOGNIZES KOSOVO'S INDEPENDENCE

REF: REYKJAVIK 0027

1. (U) On March 5, 2008, Iceland recognized the Republic of
Kosovo as an independent state.

2. (SBU) Comment: Although the recognition comes almost two
weeks after the initial date the Foreign Minister suggested to
the Ambassador (see reftel), it falls neither first nor last
among the Nordic countries, which is where the Icelanders
wanted to be. When poloff asked about the delay today, an MFA
official said the issue was "complicated," but offered no
substantive explanation.

Van Voorst

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