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Title: PORTUGAL: LATEST KOSOVO RECOGNITION TARGET DATE IS

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08LISBON26302008-10-07 11:00:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy Lisbon
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SUBJECT: PORTUGAL: LATEST KOSOVO RECOGNITION TARGET DATE IS 
OCTOBER 7 
 
REF: LISBON 02628 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR THOMAS STEPHENSON FOR REASONS 1.4 (b, d) 
 
SUMMARY 
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¶1.  (C/NF) In an October 3 meeting Portuguese MFA Director 
General for Foreign Policy Nuno Brito said he "hopes" 
Portugal will formally recognize Kosovo on October 7, and 
that President Cavaco Silva told Serbian President Tadic it 
is time for Portugal to move on regarding the issue.  Brito 
related that Cuba is weighing moves toward more openness but 
is awaiting the new U.S. administration, and the Ambassador 
responded that it is a mistake to delay action as there will 
likely be no major shifts in U.S. foreign policy based on the 
election outcome.  Brito also said he is not aware of any new 
GALP Energia overtures for business with Iran, and that the 
EU is trying to get Iran to move on the nuclear issue.  End 
summary. 
 
KOSOVO RECOGNITION...AGAIN... 
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¶2.  (C/NF) Ambassador Stephenson opened the hour-long October 
3 meeting with MFA Director General for Foreign Policy Nuno 
Brito with the U.S. position re the Serbian resolution in the 
International Court of Justice.  After Brito's reply (that 
Portugal will abstain with the rest of the EU, septel) he 
went on to say he "hopes" the GOP will recognize Kosovo after 
the October 7 session of Parliament's Foreign Affairs 
Committee.  Brito warned that some on the committee will 
oppose recognition but all necessary consultations with 
President Cavaco Silva and the political parties will have 
been completed before the session.  Brito said during his 
recent visit to New York President Cavaco Silva told Serbian 
President Tadic it is time for Portugal to move beyond the 
recognition issue. 
 
SOME HOPE FOR CUBA, BUT NO NEWS ON IRAN 
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¶3.  (C/NF)  Brito then described a recent conversation 
between FM Amado and Cuban FM Felipe Perez Roque in which 
Amado urged Cuba to undertake democratic reforms.  Brito said 
Roque joked that Cuba could hardly begin to move toward 
democracy when the U.S. had just begun to nationalize the 
financial sector, but Cuba will decide on a course of action 
after the U.S. presidential election.  The Ambassador 
commented it is a mistake for Cuba or other nations to delay 
addressing issues with the U.S. because U.S. foreign policy 
is not likely to change substantially based on the election 
outcome. 
 
¶4.  (C/NF) The Ambassador asked Brito if major GALP Energia 
investor Americo Amorim was "behaving himself" regarding 
prospective dealings with Iran.  Brito replied that he had no 
new information and said while Portugal and the EU were 
"trying to get Iran to move" on the nuclear issue, some in 
the EU "are not on the same page" as the U.S. 
 
COMMENT 
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¶5.  (C/NF) At this point we will believe in Portuguese 
recognition of Kosovo when we see it, but it is refreshing 
for the MFA to say Kosovo recognition will be used to temper 
Serbian hopes in the International Court of Justice.  End 
Comment. 
STEPHENSON