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Kosovo: Politics and Government

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in defining the respective competences of the EU's EULEX mission in Kosovo and the UN's UNMIK mission. (212055)

The UN Secretary-General's report on the UN Mission in Kosovo of 12 June, envisages that the EU Rule of Law mission will perform an enhanced operational role in the area of rule of law under the framework of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999) and the overall authority of the UN. The EU will gradually assume increasing operational responsibility in the areas of international policing, justice, and customs throughout Kosovo.

The UN presence will be reconfigured to carry out the following functions, among others yet to be defined: monitoring and reporting; facilitating, where necessary and possible, arrangements for Kosovo's engagement in international agreements; facilitating dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade on issues of practical concern; and functions related to a proposed dialogue with the government in Belgrade on the issues of police, courts, customs, transportation and infrastructure, boundaries and Serbian patrimony.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress made in the deployment of the EULEX mission to Kosovo. (212057)

The EU Rule of Law mission is in the process of deploying throughout Kosovo. It will gradually take up its responsibilities over the summer, in coordination with the UN Mission in Kosovo and the other international presences.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role the United Nations Mission in Kosovo will assume following the coming into force of Kosovo's constitution on 15th June. (212058)

The UN Secretary-General's report on the UN Mission in Kosovo of 12 June envisaged that, following the entry into force of Kosovo's Constitution, the UN presence in Kosovo would be reconfigured to carry out the following functions, among others to be fully defined: monitoring and reporting; facilitating, where necessary and possible, arrangements for Kosovo's engagement in international agreements; facilitating dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade on issues of practical concern; and functions related to a proposed dialogue with the government in Belgrade on the issues of police, courts, customs, transportation and infrastructure, boundaries and Serbian patrimony.