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Kosovo: Politics and Government

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives have had with (i) members and (ii) representatives of the Governments of (A) Russia and (B) Serbia on developments in Kosovo (1) since the referendum on 17 February 2007 and (2) with regard to the civil unrest in Mitrovica on 18 March 2008; and if he will make a statement. (197086)

Since Kosovo’s declaration of independence on 17 February 2008, the UK has continued its engagement with the Governments of Russia and Serbia, including on the issue of Kosovo. The UK also continues to work with Russia in multilateral fora, discussing Kosovo in the UN Security Council on 17 and 18 February and on 11 March, and at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)-Russia Council on 27 February.

We strongly condemn the violent disturbances in Mitrovica on 17 March which saw sustained mob violence directed against UN and NATO personnel and which led to the death of a UN police officer.