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Title: PAKISTAN STILL CONSIDERING RECOGNITION OF KOSOVO

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08STATE187882008-02-25 21:57:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Secretary of State
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/12/2018 
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SUBJECT: PAKISTAN STILL CONSIDERING RECOGNITION OF KOSOVO 
INDEPENDENCE 
 
REF: A. STATE 16319 
     ¶B. ISLAMABAD 654 
     ¶C. STATE 13716 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Candace Putnam, Reasons 1.4 (b), (d) 
 
¶1. (C) In a February 20 meeting with Mirza Afzal Mahmood, MFA 
Director of the European Division, PolOff drew on Ref A 
points to explain the U.S. decision to recognize Kosovo as an 
independent state.  PolOff asked if Pakistan was considering 
recognizing Kosovo's independence, noting the MFA had 
released a public statement February 19 stating Pakistan 
understood and supported the legitimate aspirations of the 
Kosovars.  Mahmood confirmed Pakistan was sympathetic to 
Kosovo on this issue and has taken noted of the OIC's 
support, as well as that of other Muslim countries, but wants 
more time to consult before taking an official decision. 
Mahmood observed that the situation of Kosovo was similar to 
that of Kashmir, and said, in principle, Pakistan felt such 
regions had a right to self-determination. 
PATTERSON 
UNQUOTE: RICE