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Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Kosovo. (186594)

On 17 February the Kosovo Parliamentary Assembly passed a resolution that declared Kosovo independent, committing Kosovo to fully implement UN Special Envoy Ahtisaari’s Comprehensive Proposal, including extensive minority safeguards and international supervision.

The UK has decided to recognise Kosovo’s independence and establish diplomatic relations. Thus far we understand that at least 18 countries have indicated their intention to recognise Kosovo. We anticipate more will do so shortly.