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Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Russian government’s intention to veto any UN Security Council resolution that would give Kosovo supervised independence; and if he will make a statement. (158024)

Russia has made clear its opposition to the comprehensive proposal for a Kosovo status settlement submitted to the UN Special Envoy for Kosovo on 26 March 2007. This position has so far prevented passage of a Security Council Resolution that would allow for implementation of that proposal.

Within the Contact Group, we continue to work closely with Russia on the issue of Kosovo's future status. Negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina are ongoing, facilitated by a Troika of EU/Russian/US officials. At their last meeting in New York on 27 September, Contact Group Ministers agreed that an early resolution of Kosovo’s status is crucial to the stability and security of the Western Balkans. They expressed full support for the Troika process.