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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08MANILA440
2008-02-20 09:17
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/20/2018
TAGS: PGOV PREL RP EU UNMIK YI
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINES MOVING CAUTIOUSLY ON KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE

REF: A. STATE 16319

¶B. MANILA 386
¶C. STATE 14626
¶D. STATE 13716

Classified By: Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (C) Summary: In a February 18 discussion, the Ambassador
again directly engaged Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo on
the issue of Kosovo independence, stressing the U.S position
that early recognition of Kosovo by as many nations as
possible offered the best hope for stability and peace in the
Balkans region, as well as continued consolidation of
democratic institutions. She encouraged the Philippines to
recognize Kosovo quickly and noted the countries that had
already taken that step.

¶2. (C) Foreign Secretary Romulo was again well informed on
the details of Kosovo and said he had been touched by
television coverage of the Kosovars’ euphoria over
independence and their appreciation for the nations that had
moved them toward independence and recognized the fledgling
state. However, he said it was very difficult to see a way
for Manila to promptly recognize Kosovo or come out with a
statement that leaned too far in that direction at this
moment. He explained that his government’s negotiations with
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) insurgents in the
southern province of Mindanao were at a very sensitive stage
in which this very issue of independence was being addressed.
Taking either step now would cause the government trouble in
its negotiations with the MILF.

¶3. (C) The Foreign Secretary then put out a cautious public
statement February 18 that said the Philippines “did not
oppose” the idea of Kosovo independence, but believed that a
lasting solution should be based on a negotiated solution
acceptable to both sides. Full text of the statement follows
in para. 4.

¶4. (U) Text of Foreign Secretary Romulo’s statement on
Kosovo’s declaration of independence:

While the Philippines does not oppose the idea of
Independence of Kosovo, it would prefer a settlement of the
issue as embodied within both parties’ obligation under UN
Security Council Resolution 1244, taking into account the
internationally accepted principles of sovereignty and
territorial integrity.

The Philippines believes that a lasting solution, including
that of independence, should be based on a negotiated
solution mutually acceptable to all parties. Considering the
existing sensibilities in the region, continued dialogue
should be encouraged among all the parties concerned to
ensure regional stability.
KENNEY

   

 

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