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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08MANILA386
2008-02-14 00:50
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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STATE FOR EUR/SCE SEIJI SHIRATORI

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/13/2018
TAGS: PGOV PREL RP EU UNMIK YI
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINES CAREFULLY WEIGHING KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE

REF: A. STATE 14626

¶B. STATE 13716
¶C. MANILA 208
¶D. STATE 1087

Classified By: DCM Paul W. Jones, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (C) The Ambassador discussed at length the issue of
Kosovo independence with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto
Romulo on February 13. The Ambassador underscored the U.S.
belief that rapid recognition of Kosovo in the wake of its
anticipated declaration of independence was vital both for
the stability of the new nation as well as the peace and
security of Southeastern Europe. She stressed the importance
and symbolism of having a democracy from Southeast Asia like
the Philippines be among those states that would recognize
Kosovo in the immediate aftermath of independence. She also
emphasized our view that the dissolution of former Yugoslavia
was a unique situation, and that Kosovo independence would
not set a precedent for other countries or regions.

¶2. (C) Foreign Secretary Romulo voiced strong agreement with
the importance of the Kosovo issue and said that he had
numerous conversations regarding Kosovo independence with EU
foreign ministers at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He
understood well the importance of early recognition both for
Kosovo and for further stabilization in the Balkan region,
and knew that a significant number of EU states intended to
recognize Kosovo’s independence rapidly. He had also heard
that some EU members, including Spain, were more hesitant
given concerns about separatist movements in their countries.

¶3. (C) The Foreign Secretary pledged that the Philippine
government would weigh with utmost care and deliberation the
U.S. request to recognize Kosovo rapidly after independence.
The benefits and importance to Kosovo and broader stability
were clear. At the same time, the Philippines’ top priority
was crafting a lasting resolution to the ongoing Muslim
insurgency in Mindanao, a goal that the U.S. and EU also
shared, and the Cabinet would naturally need to weigh very
carefully what impact a Kosovo decision might have on those
sensitive negotiations. The Ambassador welcomed the Foreign
Secretary’s clear understanding of the importance and broader

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global context of the Kosovo issue, and his commitment to
give Kosovo recognition rapid attention. She encouraged the
Philippines to be among the first to welcome Kosovo’s
expected declaration of independence.
KENNEY

   

 

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