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Cablegate: Egypt Still Wary On Kosovo Recognition

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PP RUEHBC RUEHDA RUEHDE RUEHGI RUEHJS RUEHKUK RUEHLH RUEHPW RUEHROV
DE RUEHEG #1410 1881306
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 061306Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY CAIRO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9756
INFO RUCNISL/ISLAMIC COLLECTIVE
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 0236
RUEHPS/AMEMBASSY PRISTINA 0063
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 0028
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0212

UNCLAS CAIRO 001410

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KPKO PREL PGOV EG KV YI
SUBJECT: EGYPT STILL WARY ON KOSOVO RECOGNITION

REF: A. SECSTATE 69691
B. CAIRO 1212
C. CAIRO 579
D. BERMAN/HYLAND E-MAILS

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1. (SBU) On July 1, the Ambassador pressed Deputy Foreign
Minister Wafaa Bassim for Egypt to recognize Kosovo. Bassim
repeated previous Egyptian objections to Kosovo recognition
(ref C), noting that Kosovo's declaration of independence
came "outside of international law" and worrying that it
might be a precedent for other separatist movements.
However, she said Egypt had not closed the door on
recognition but was in no hurry to make a decision. The
Ambassador countered per ref A demarche, pointing out that 43
countries have already recognized Kosovo, violence has been
low, the transition from UNMIK to EULEX is progressing, and
that Kosovo's independence has not spawned other separatist
movements, and asked if the GOE might be willing to receive a
high-level delegation from Kosovo. Bassim repeated the
previous MFA position that they would have to internally
consult on any such request (ref C).

2. (SBU) Comment: Given the GOE's reluctance, we suggest
Kosovo representatives consider a sub-ministerial approach
whenever the opportunity presents itself, including outside
of Egypt. We will continue to highlight possibilities to the
GOE when they arise.
SCOBEY

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