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Serbia: Politics and Government

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the proposed resolution by the Serb parliament abandoning Serbia’s pursuit of membership of the European Union unless EU member states rescind their recognition of Kosovo’s statehood; and if he will make a statement. (197080)

Our embassy in Belgrade closely follows political developments in Serbia. The resolution, proposed by the Radical party, was not endorsed by the Serbian Government and was not debated by the Serb Parliament. The Parliament has now been dissolved pending elections scheduled for 11 May.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) the UK representative in (i) Belgrade, (ii) Pristina and (iii) Moscow have had with (A) members and (B) representatives of the governments of (1) Serbia, (2) Kosovo and (3) Russia on (x) the proposed resolution by the Serb parliament abandoning Serbia's pursuit of membership of the European Union unless EU member states rescind their recognition of Kosovo’s statement, (y) possible reactions by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government in Kosovo and (z) Russia’s position on this issue; and if he will make a statement. (197081)

The resolution, proposed by the Radical party, was not endorsed by the Serbian Government and was not debated by the Serb Parliament. The Parliament has now been dissolved pending elections scheduled for 11 May.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) the UK representative in (i) Brussels, (ii) Berlin, (iii) Paris and (iv) Madrid have had with (A) members and (B) representatives of the European Commission and the governments of (1) Germany, (2) France and (3) Spain on (w) the proposed resolution by the Serb parliament, abandoning Serbia’s pursuit of membership of the European Union unless EU member states rescind their recognition of Kosovo’s statement, (x) possible reactions by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government in Kosovo, (y) Russia’s position on this issue and (z) the possibility of a co-ordinated response by the EU and member states; and if he will make a statement. (197082)

The resolution, proposed by the Radical party, was not endorsed by the Serbian Government and was not debated by the Serb Parliament. The Parliament has now been dissolved pending elections scheduled for 11 May.

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary last discussed Serbia’s European future with his EU colleagues, including those from Germany, France and Spain, and with the European Commission, at the Gymnich meeting in Brdo, Slovenia on 28-29 March.