Viewing cable 09LISBON216
Title: PORTUGAL RESPONSE TO IMF / WORLD BANK DEMARCHE

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09LISBON2162009-04-17 15:26:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Lisbon
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SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/17/2019 
TAGS: ECON EFIN PREL PO
SUBJECT: PORTUGAL RESPONSE TO IMF / WORLD BANK DEMARCHE 
 
REF: STATE 33629 
 
Classified By: POL/ECON COUNSELOR RICHARD REITER, FOR 1.4 B, D. 
 
¶1. (C) Pol/Econ Counselor, together with the British DCM in 
Lisbon, on April 17 delivered reftel demarche regarding 
Kosovo's application to join the IMF and World Bank.  Liliana 
Mascarenhas Neto, the Director for European Affairs at the 
Portuguese MFA, took note of our points, particularly the 
importance of reaching the 93-vote quorum, but was 
noncommittal on Portugal's final decision.  She said that she 
would consult with her colleagues in the MFA's International 
Organizations office and make a recommendation to the MFA's 
Director General, who is traveling until Sunday.  Neto 
promised us a response early next week.  She opined that if 
Portugal decides to support Kosovo's bid, the MFA might lobby 
lusophone countries (Angola, Cape Verde, etc.) that have not 
recognized Kosovo's independence. 
 
¶2. (C) It is worth noting that Portugal recognized Kosovo 
only in October 2008, and then somewhat reluctantly.  While 
Ms. Neto did not refer to Serbian pressure on this issue, we 
would expect Portugal to be high on Belgrade's or Moscow's 
list of likely targets if they are going to exert pressure to 
oppose Kosovo's IMF/WB membership. 
 
¶3. (C) Post also reached out to German, Italian, and French 
embassies in Lisbon regarding this demarche, all were aware 
of the issue, but none besides the British had instructions 
from capital to deliver a demarche. 
 
 
For more reporting from Embassy Lisbon and information about Portugal, 
please see our Intelink site: 
 
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/portal:port ugal 
 
STEPHENSON