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Kosovo: Politics and Government

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 15 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the progress being made in negotiations on the final status of Kosovo. (163862)

The UK fully supports the work of the EU-Russia-US Troika aimed at reaching agreement between Belgrade and Pristina on Kosovo’s future status. The process will be concluded by the Contact Group reporting to the UN Secretary-General by 10 December.

So far there have been four rounds of face-to-face talks between the parties. The last round took place in Vienna on 5 November. A further round is scheduled to take place on 20 November.

We share the UN Secretary-General’s view that the status quo in Kosovo is unsustainable. We see an early resolution of Kosovo's status as crucial to the stability and security of the Balkans and Europe as a whole.