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07KYIV2831, UKRAINE: PEACEKEEPERS AND KOSOVO POST-INDEPENDENCE

November 16, 2007

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07KYIV2831 2007-11-16 12:42 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXRO8445
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHKV #2831 3201242
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 161242Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4335
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 002831 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT ALSO FOR EUR/UMB, EUR/SCE AND EUR/RPM 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/16/2017 
TAGS: PREL PBTS KDEM UNMIK OSCE YI MD RS UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: PEACEKEEPERS AND KOSOVO POST-INDEPENDENCE 
 
REF: USUN NEW YORK 1026 
 
Classified By: Ambassador for reasons 1.4 (b,d). 
 
1. (U) This is a request for Department guidance.  Please 
advise on how we should respond to Ukrainian Defense Minister 
Hrytsenko's inquiry on contingency planning for possible 
Kosovo independence. 
 
2. (C) During a November 15 meeting with EUR DAS David 
Kramer, Defense Minister Hrytsenko inquired what the U.S. 
foresaw as the likely outcome in Kosovo in the event the 
ongoing U.S.-EU-Russia Troika process failed to produce a 
political settlement by its December 10 end-date.  In 
particular, was Kosovo likely to make a unilateral 
declaration of independence?  When Kramer acknowledged this 
was a possibility, Hrytsenko noted that Ukraine maintained 
peacekeeping forces in Kosovo and urged the U.S. to share its 
thinking regarding possible continuation or modification of 
the peacekeeping presence in an independent Kosovo.  He 
needed advance knowledge of U.S. planning so that Ukraine 
could adjust the mission of the Ukrainian contingent as 
necessary such as, for example, by adjusting the unit's rules 
of engagement.  He stressed that he did not want surprises 
and offered, if necessary, to go to Kosovo to consult with 
U.S. commanders on the ground.  (Note: Hrytsenko's concerns 
mirror the UN's reported reftel.) 
 
3. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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