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ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 141535Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY SAN SALVADOR
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9008
INFO RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW PRIORITY 0069
RUEHBW/AMEMBASSY BELGRADE PRIORITY 0002
RUEHTI/AMEMBASSY TIRANA PRIORITY 0004
RUEHPS/USOFFICE PRISTINA PRIORITY 0010
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RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE C O N F I D E N T I A L SAN SALVADOR 000182
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/12/2018
SUBJECT: EL SALVADOR LEANS TOWARDS KOSOVO RECOGNITION, BUT
REF: A. STATE 13716
B. SAN SALVADOR 51
C. STATE 1087
Classified By: The Ambassador, for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)
1. (C) Summary: El Salvador will almost certainly recognize
Kosovo's independence, but because of sensitivities
concerning relations with Moscow, the GOES will not be among
the first wave of countries to do so. End Summary.
2. (C) PolCouns delivered Ref (A) demarche to MFA officials
February 12. North America Director Wendy Acevedo, standing
in for the Deputy Director General for Political Affairs who
was called away, said El Salvador had hoped a negotiated
agreement could be reached. The GOES recognizes that is
unlikely, so it intends to maintain a "prudent" policy of
watching and waiting as Kosovo's independence declaration
plays out, both between Belgrade and Pristina and in the
3. (C) Complicating El Salvador's position, Acevedo said, was
the GOES' continuing effort to improve relations with Russia.
VM Calix visited Moscow last year, and the GOES hopes to
build on that visit and strengthen relations with Moscow in
coming months. San Salvador does not want to jeopardize this
effort with quick recognition of Kosovo independence.
4. (C) That said, Acevedo said El Salvador would almost
certainly recognize Kosovo, just not immediately. She said
timing would depend on how things played out in the days and
weeks after Kosovo's declaration of independence and this
would inform the MFA's "strategic analysis" paper (Ref (B)).
5. (C) Comment: Both Acevedo and Amaya acknowledge that
Kosovo has escaped Belgrade's orbit and that San Salvador
will eventually recognize Pristina. While the GOES will not
recognize Kosovo right away, reaching a critical mass of
recognitions -- especially in Europe -- will ease that step
for the GOES. We will continue to urge that it do so as soon
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