C O N F I D E N T I A L LUXEMBOURG 000040
DEPARTMENT PASS TO SEIJI SHIRATORI, EUR/SCE
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/14/2018
TAGS: PREL PGOV UNMIK UN YI EU KDEM LU
SUBJECT: LUXEMBOURG TO QUICKLY SIGNAL INTENT TO RECOGNIZE
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission, Steven H. Kraft, for reasons 1.
4 (b) and (d)
Â¶1. (C) Ambassador spoke with Foreign Minister Jean
Asselborn on 15 February regarding Kosovo's pending
declaration of independence. Asselborn asserted that
Luxembourg will announce on the evening of Monday, 18
February, its intention to recognize Kosovo's declaration of
independence, expected to come on Sunday, 17 February.
Citing procedural and parliamentary delays, Asselborn said
Luxembourg's formal recognition of Kosovo's independence
would occur on Friday, 22 February. Asselborn stressed that
the delay in formal recognition would be purely procedural
and should not be taken as any indication of hesitancy on
Luxembourg's part to recognize.
Â¶2. (C) Asselborn also told Ambassador that he would engage
in a round of press interviews Monday evening, 18 February,
immediately following the EU GAERC meeting for Foreign
Ministers in Brussels. He said he would strongly convey
Luxembourg's intention to recognize Kosovo's independence at
Â¶3. (C) Asselborn informed the Ambassador that the Foreign
Ministers still plan to seek a unified statement on Kosovo.
Asselborn said, however, that both Cyprus and Spain will
"constructively abstain" from any EU statement on Kosovo's
independence. Asselborn indicated he was directly involved
with the Spanish during negotiations, and that due to the
proximity of Spain's domestic elections, they just would not
be able to pull the trigger on recognition. Asselborn did
not specifically address any other member states' intentions.