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Cablegate: Demarche Response: Brazil's Position On Kosovo

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OO RUEHRG
DE RUEHBR #0913 1891029
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 071029Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY BRASILIA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2061
INFO RUEHAC/AMEMBASSY ASUNCION PRIORITY 6948
RUEHBW/AMEMBASSY BELGRADE PRIORITY 0001
RUEHBU/AMEMBASSY BUENOS AIRES PRIORITY 5673
RUEHMN/AMEMBASSY MONTEVIDEO PRIORITY 7460
RUEHPS/AMEMBASSY PRISTINA PRIORITY
RUEHSG/AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO PRIORITY 0466
RUEHRG/AMCONSUL RECIFE PRIORITY 8251
RUEHRI/AMCONSUL RIO DE JANEIRO PRIORITY 6383
RUEHSO/AMCONSUL SAO PAULO PRIORITY 2380
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0265

C O N F I D E N T I A L BRASILIA 000913

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/SCE AND WHA/BSC

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/03/2018
TAGS: UN KPKO PREL PGOV BR
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE RESPONSE: BRAZIL'S POSITION ON KOSOVO
"UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW"

REF: A. SECSTATE 69691
B. BRASILIA 0084
C. BRASILIA 0216
D. BRASILIA 0244

Classified By: POLITICAL COUNSELOR STEPHEN M. LISTON, REASON: 1.4 (B) A
ND (D)

1. (C) In a July 3 meeting, the Ambassador raised with
Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim our interest in
seeing Brazil recognize Kosovo's independence. Amorim said
that Brazil's position had not changed with regard to the
need to respect UNSC Resolution 1244 (ref b). However,
Brazil's position is "under continual review," he said, and
the new UN position with regard to Kosovo may make a
difference. Amorim said that he had no problem with
providing humanitarian assistance if funding is available,
but Brazil could not do anything that would suggest
recognition of Kosovo.

2. (SBU) In a separate meeting on July 3, PolCouns met with
Ministry of External Relations (MRE) Eastern Europe Director
Elizabeth-Sophie Mazzella di Bosco Balsa to urge Brazil again
to recognize Kosovo's independence. Bosco said confirmed
that Brazil's position was unchanged. She was unaware of the
July 11 donors conference, and said she would pass the
information to Brazil's embassy in Brussels. Note: The GOB,
which refuses to be classified as a donor country, has an
extremely limited "cooperation" budget that focuses largely
on other Lusophone countries. Brazil does not generally
provide debt relief because of domestic complications related
to the debt of Brazilian states. End note.
SOBEL

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