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Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the security situation in Kosovo; and what assessment she has made of the events there of 11 February 2007. (122954)

The United Kingdom offers its sincere condolences to the families who lost loved ones following the violent demonstrations in Pristina on 10 February [not 11 February]. We respect and defend the right to peaceful protest. But there is no place in Kosovo, now or in the future, for violence as a means to secure political objectives. Those who resort to or incite violence jeopardise Kosovo's stable future and damage their own cause in the eyes of world opinion.

The security situation in Kosovo remains calm but tense. We call on the parties to engage constructively during UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari's phase of consultation.