Viewing cable 08REYKJAVIK23, ICELAND EXPECTS TO RECOGNIZE KOSOVO
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|08REYKJAVIK23||2008-02-19 16:04||2011-01-13 05:05||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy Reykjavik|
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C O N F I D E N T I A L REYKJAVIK 000023 SIPDIS SIPDIS E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/19/2018 TAGS: PREL UNMIK PGOV YI IC SUBJECT: ICELAND EXPECTS TO RECOGNIZE KOSOVO FEBRUARY 22 REF: A) State 16319; B) Reykjavik 00020; C) State 15111; and D) State 13716 Classified by Ambassador Carol van Voorst for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). ¶1. (C) Foreign Minister Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir told the Ambassador February 19 that the government had discussed the independence issue and she expects the GOI to make an announcement recognizing Kosovo on February 22. She noted that Iceland had not been the first country to recognize Kosovo, as it had been with the Baltic states and Montenegro, because "Kosovo is a different case." ¶2. (U) The government has not said anything in public regarding a date for recognition. The State Broadcasting Service (RUV) has however reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will make a statement soon confirming that Iceland is "in harmony with other European states." van Voorst