181634 12/5/2008 14:52 08BUCHAREST951 Embassy Bucharest CONFIDENTIAL 08STATE127443 VZCZCXYZ0000 PP RUEHWEB DE RUEHBM #0951 3401452 ZNY CCCCC ZZH P 051452Z DEC 08 FM AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8995 INFO RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE C O N F I D E N T I A L BUCHAREST 000951
STATE FOR EUR/CE AND EUR/SCE SHIRATORI/TOMLYANOVICH
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/04/2013 TAGS: PREL, KV, RO SUBJECT: ROMANIA ON KOSOVO RECOGNITION
REF: STATE 127443
Classified By: Charge d'Affaires Jeri Guthrie-Corn: Reasons 1.5(b) and (d).
1. (C) POLOFF delivered reftel demarche on 5 December to MFA Director General for Political Affairs Stefan Tinca. The talking points, including a request for Romania to recognize an independent Kosovo, elicited the following reaction:
"What has changed? The grueling exercise of compromising on EULEX and the language contained in the NATO communique were because Romania can do these things within the framework of UNSCR 1244. If you take away 1244, then Romania would be able to do nothing. What you have offered up does not change the Romanian position on not recognizing Kosovo."
2. (C) COMMENT: Mission will deliver any Kosovo-related demarche per Department's request, but the Romanians have made their position very clear on a number of occasions. We do not anticipate recognition of Kosovo in the foreseeable future. END COMMENT GUTHRIE-CORN