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08KYIV366, UKRAINE WILL NOT SUPPORT INVOKING BERLIN MECHANISM

February 15, 2008

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08KYIV366 2008-02-15 13:25 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXYZ0010
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKV #0366 0461325
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 151325Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4987
INFO RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 000366 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/15/2018 
TAGS: PREL UNAUS UNMIK PGOV YI EU OSCE UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE WILL NOT SUPPORT INVOKING BERLIN MECHANISM 
OVER KOSOVO IN OSCE 
 
REF: STATE 14284 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Kent Logsdon for reasons 1.4(a,b,d). 
 
1. (C) As requested, on February 15, Polcouns conveyed reftel 
demarche to Sergiy Kyslytsya, Director of the MFA's UN and 
Other International Organizations Department, and urged 
Ukraine not to support Serbia's plan to invoke the OSCE's 
Berlin Mechanism immediately after an anticipated declaration 
of independence from Kosovo.  Kyslytsya said that he 
understood the Serbians had already given up the effort to 
invoke the Berlin Mechanism, citing a lack of support from 
any other OSCE member except for Russia and four of the five 
Central Asian states (with the exception of Turkmenistan). 
Nevertheless, should the Serbs attempt to invoke the 
mechanism, the Ukrainian delegation had firm orders to oppose 
and not to join in the Serbian request.  Kyslytsya noted that 
the Berlin Mechanism had been developed prior to the creation 
of the Permanent Council, and that it had not worked in the 
only previous time it had been invoked in the early 1990's. 
In Kyslytsya's view, the OSCE was already a "fragile" 
organization and an attempt to use the Berlin Mechanism in 
this case could cause serious damage. 
 
2. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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