(2) what assessment she has made of whether (a) the Republic of Montenegro and (b) the Republic of Serbia will be first to join the European Union; and if she will make a statement;
(3) what discussions she has had with (a) European Commission officials and (b) other EU governments on the suitability of Montenegro for membership of the European Union;
(4) how the Stabilisation and Association negotiations will be re-launched in the aftermath of the separation of Serbia and Montenegro.
The UK supports both Serbia's and Montenegro's European aspirations. The pace at which each country moves towards membership of the EU will depend upon it meeting the conditions required at each stage. The next stage for each state is to conclude negotiations with the EU on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement. The European Commission is likely to bring forward mandates for the negotiations shortly. Conclusion of agreements will depend, in both cases, on fulfilling the appropriate conditions, in particular full co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. We will maintain regular discussions with the European Commission and with our EU partners on these issues.