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Viewing cable 08REYKJAVIK34, ICELAND RECOGNIZES KOSOVO'S INDEPENDENCE

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08REYKJAVIK34 2008-03-05 17:05 2011-01-13 05:05 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Reykjavik
VZCZCXYZ6500
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