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Kosovo: Politics and Government

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implementation of the conditions set out in the Ahtisaari plan for Kosovo; and if he will make a statement. (242199)

I refer the right hon. Member to my answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1782W.

Since that date, further progress has been made through the deployment of a police and rule of law mission which will provide assistance to the Kosovan government in policing, justice and customs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has (a) received from and (b) made to the government of Serbia on the deployment of the EULEX mission in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement. (242203)

I refer the right hon. Member to my answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1204W.

President Tadic confirmed to EU High Representative Javier Solana on 28 November that Serbia intends to support EULEX deployment throughout Kosovo. Given this, there has been no need for further high level representations on this issue. We have remained in close contact with the Serbian authorities at official level following this welcome commitment.

The deployment of EULEX throughout Kosovo is an important step forward in establishing a single rule of law for all Kosovo's citizens, and one which moves it closer on its path towards the EU. A vital ingredient in the success of this is the continuing commitment of Kosovo's government to work with EULEX.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the legal basis is of the European Union's EULEX mission in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement. (242204)

The EU Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) deployed across Kosovo, including in Northern Kosovo, on 9 December. This is in response to an invitation from the government of Kosovo for an EU police and rule of law mission in accordance with the UN Special Envoy's Comprehensive Settlement Proposal. In cooperation with United Nations Mission in Kosovo, EULEX will take on part of the role envisaged in UN Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) for the international civilian presence, and it accordingly also draws upon the authority of that resolution.

EULEX is established under Title V of the Treaty on European Union. Its mandate is defined by Joint Action 2008/124/CFSP, approved by the European Council on 4 February 2008.