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Identifier
Created
Classification
Origin
08BAGHDAD480
2008-02-20 02:46:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Baghdad
Cable title:  

IRAQ CABINET DEFERS KOSOVO RECOGNITION; PREFERS TO

Tags:   KFLO  AEMR  ASEC  CASC  MARR  PREL  PINR  AMGT  YI 
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VZCZCXRO1980
OO RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHGB #0480 0510246
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 200246Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5799
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
						C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 000480 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR KOSOVO MONITORING GROUP

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/18/2018
TAGS: KFLO AEMR ASEC CASC MARR PREL PINR AMGT YI
EU, KV, IZ
SUBJECT: IRAQ CABINET DEFERS KOSOVO RECOGNITION; PREFERS TO
FOLLOW OTHER ARAB COUNTRIES AND OIC LEAD

REF: A. SECSTATE 16275

B. KUWAIT 196

Classified By: Political Counselor Matt Tueller for Reasons 1.4d/b



1. (C) On February 19, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told
PolCounselor that Kosovo recognition was the first item on
that morning's Cabinet meeting agenda and the Cabinet
generally was in favor of recognition. However, several
(unidentified) participants argued that Iraq should not get
out ahead of other Arab countries and the Organization of
Islamic States and persuaded Prime Minister Maliki to defer a
decision.



2. (C) Comment. The Cabinet appears to be following some
neighboring countries' lead (ref B) and waiting for an Arab
consensus to emerge before recognizing Kosovo. At the
Foreign Minister's request Post will provide a list of
countries that have already recognized Kosovo. End Comment.
CROCKER