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Viewing cable 08REYKJAVIK23, ICELAND EXPECTS TO RECOGNIZE KOSOVO

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08REYKJAVIK23 2008-02-19 16:04 2011-01-13 05:05 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Reykjavik
VZCZCXRO1549
RR RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHRK #0023 0501648
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 191648Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3571
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
C O N F I D E N T I A L REYKJAVIK 000023 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958:  DECL:  02/19/2018 
TAGS: PREL UNMIK PGOV YI IC
SUBJECT:  ICELAND EXPECTS TO RECOGNIZE KOSOVO 
                    FEBRUARY 22 
 
REF:  A) State 16319; B) Reykjavik 00020; C) State 15111; and D) 
 
State 13716 
 
Classified by Ambassador Carol van Voorst for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1.  (C) Foreign Minister Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir told the 
Ambassador February 19 that the government had discussed the 
independence issue and she expects the GOI to make an announcement 
recognizing Kosovo on February 22.  She noted that Iceland had not 
been the first country to recognize Kosovo, as it had been with the 
Baltic states and Montenegro, because "Kosovo is a different case." 
 
2.  (U) The government has not said anything in public regarding a 
date for recognition. The State Broadcasting Service (RUV) has 
however reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will make a 
statement soon confirming that Iceland is "in harmony with other 
European states." 
 
van Voorst