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07MASERU210 2007-04-04 14:41:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Maseru
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LESOTHO: U.S. POSITION ON KOSOVO'S STATUS

Tags:   PREL PGOV PINR UN LT 
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FOR EUR DAS ROSEMARY DICARLO, AF/S - DAN MOZENA AND LINDA MUNCY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV PINR UN LT
SUBJECT: LESOTHO: U.S. POSITION ON KOSOVO'S STATUS

REF: STATE 24360

This is an action message. See para. 3.



1. (C) Ambassador delivered reftel demarche concerning the
introduction of a U.S. resolution granting Kosovo independence
to Lesotho's newly-appointed Foreign Minister Kenneth Tsekoa on
April 4. She provided the key points, notably the fact that
Kosovo has experienced eight years of United Nations
Administration, that the UN Secretary General had appointed
former Finnish President Ahtisaari as his Special Envoy to lead
the Kosovo status process and that a key objective of the UN
process was to protect the minority Serbs. (Kosovo's great
majority -- 90 percent -- is made up of Albanians who want
independence). The position of the United States and the
European Union, she continued, was that it is reasonable, at
this time, to consider independence for Kosovo in light of the
fact that any attempt to reintegrate it into Serbia would result
in violence. Qe UN SpecialQnvoy himself had made a report to
the Secretary General, she advised the Foreign Minister, that
independence was the only solution and even with such status, a
NATO team would remain for such a transition. The U.S., she
noted, planned to offer a new resolution to the UN Security
Council and we believe Kosovo's independence, given the eight
years of international presence to resolve the internal ethnic
and international problem, would be the next appropriate step,
and we wanted to bring this issue to the member states to inform
them and also seek their support.



2. (C) The Foreign Minister agreed that the length of time the
UN Administration and that of the Special Envoy had to bring
peace and stability to Kosovo was indeed sufficient. Minister
Tsekoa stated that it would be logical to move forward with

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independence for Kosovo at this time. We added, in the course
of our discussion, that there had been an interest by the
Russians in extending the Special Envoy for another fifteen
months, but, also, that we are engaging the Russian Government
and hope that they can be persuaded, as others have already
been, that the solution recommended by the UNSYG's Special Envoy
remains the most sensible at this time; we hope to have the full
support of the Security Council in that regard. Tsekoa stated
that he would apprise the Prime Minister of the situation and of
our resolution, which he thought was the best next step given
the circumstances, and that he would advise us on Lesotho's
final position.



3. (C) Comment: Minister Tsekoa is a seasoned diplomat and
grasped right away the heart of the matter. He also said that
he would instruct Lesotho's Permanent Representative in the UN
to discuss the Kosovo matter and the Special Envoy's report with
his U.S. counterparts in New York. Post recommends that USUN
representatives seek out Lesotho's Permanent Representative,
Ambassador Fine Maema, to engage him as quickly as possible
since he, along with all of the other Basotho abroad, will be
called back to Maseru in the near future for consultations as
the re-elected Lesotho Congress for Democracy has regained the
reigns of government, and will be briefing all of their
representatives and likely making changes in their position over
the next few weeks. End Comment.

PERRY