WikiLeaks cable: Lobbying NZ on Kosovo independence

Photo / Mark Mitchell
Photo / Mark Mitchell

February 13, 2008
Lobbying New Zealand on Kosovo independence

date:2008-02-13T05:25:00
source:Embassy Wellington
origin:08WELLINGTON44
destination:VZCZCXRO6439 OO RUEHDT RUEHPB DE RUEHWL #0044 0440525 ZNY
CCCCC ZZH O 130525Z FEB 08 FM AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON TO RUEHC/SECSTATE
WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5059 INFO RUEHXP/ALL NATO POST COLLECTIVE
RUCNARF/ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM COLLECTIVE RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 0073 RUEHPS/USOFFICE PRISTINA 0002
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0118 RUEHVEN/USMISSION USOSCE 0022
classification:CONFIDENTIAL
reference:08STATE13716
?C O N F I D E N T I A L WELLINGTON 000044

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/13/2023
TAGS: PGOV, PREL, NZ, UN, YI, EU, UNMIK
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?C O N F I D E N T I A L WELLINGTON 000044

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/13/2023
TAGS: PGOV, PREL, NZ, UN, YI, EU, UNMIK
SUBJECT: LOBBYING NEW ZEALAND ON KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE
REF: STATE 13716

Classified By: DCM DAVID J. KEEGAN, EMBASSY WELLINGTON. REASONS 1.4 (B)
AND (D).

1. (C) DCM presented the demarche reftel to Caroline Forsyth, MFAT Deputy Secretary for Multilateral and Global Affairs, on February 12. She responded that New Zealand has been following developments in Kosovo closely. GNZ has a long-standing established practice of not making declarations of recognition, but it rather allows that to be inferred from its actions. She said that she expected the GNZ would do thesame in this case.

2. (C) DCM urged that New Zealand consider some public statement in support of Kosovo's declaration of independence, perhaps in the form of a press release from the Foreign Minister. Forsyth promised to discuss the matter with others in the Ministry and get back to post.

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