Viewing cable 08KINGSTON94
Title: JAMAICA: UNABLE TO RECOGNIZE KOSOVO'S PROSPECTIVE

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08KINGSTON942008-01-30 12:05:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kingston
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DEPT FOR EUR/SCE (JOSHUA BLACK) WHA/CAR (JOE TILGHMAN) 
 
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SUBJECT: JAMAICA: UNABLE TO RECOGNIZE KOSOVO'S PROSPECTIVE 
INDEPENDENCE 
 
REF: A. STATE 1087 (041949Z JAN 08) 
     ¶B. KINGSTON 25 (091322Z JAN 08)(NOTAL) 
 
Classified By: DCM James T. Heg, Reasons 1.5 (B) and (D) 
 
1.(C)  The Government of Jamaica (GoJ)'s Ministry of Foreign 
Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAT) has faxed the following 
letter dated January 28 adressed from Permanent Secretary 
Ambassador Douglas Saunders to the Ambassador: 
 
(begin text of MFAFT Permanent Secretary's letter of January 
28) 
 
" I write in response to communication dated 7th January 2008 
from Mr. James Heg, Deputy Chief of Mission in your Embassy, 
regarding the future status of Kosovo.  You indicated that 
the Government of the United States intends to recognize 
Kosovo when the authorities in Pristina declares (sic) 
independence and requested that the Government of Jamaica 
take similar action. 
 
The Government of Jamaica regrets that, after years of 
diplomatic effort, the final status of Kosovo has not been 
resolved by negotiated settlement between Serbia and Kosovo 
and that substantial differences remain between the parties. 
 
Whilst fully supporting the right to self determination, 
Jamaica is mindful of the fact that Security Council 
Resolution 1244 of 1999, which authorized the international 
civil and military presence in Kosovo and placed it under 
interim United Nations administration, also preserved formal 
Serbian sovereignty over Kosovo.  In this regard, Jamaica 
would be compelled to view a unilateral declaration of 
independence as a contravention of international law and a 
violation of the Security Council mandate.  Under these 
circumstances, and in the absence of universal recognition of 
statehood by the United Nations, the Government of Jamaica 
would not be able to recognize Kosovo's independence. 
 
Jamaica would therefore urge that the international community 
support continued negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina 
with the aim of arriving at a mutually acceptable solution on 
the final status of Kosovo in accordance with international 
law and the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United 
Nations. 
 
Best wishes. 
 
Yours sincerely, 
/s/ 
Douglas Saunders 
Permanent Secretary " 
 
(end text of MFAFT Permanent Secretary's letter of January 28) 
 
 
JOHNSON