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Kosovo: Serbia

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on the future of Serbian citizens whose homes are in Kosovo. (249212)

This issue has not been on the agenda of recent ministerial discussions with Russia. However, My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary regularly raised the importance of ensuring protection of minority rights in Kosovo, including of the Kosovo Serb community, with interlocutors in the governments of both Kosovo and Serbia.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to protect the interests of Serbs within Kosovo. (249213)

The Kosovo constitution, which entered into force on 15 June 2008, includes provisions to ensure equal rights for all citizens in Kosovo, in line with the Comprehensive Settlement Proposal of UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari. The Kosovo government has also adopted legislation to implement protection of minority rights, including of the Kosovo Serb community. I have engaged closely with the government of Kosovo to encourage and support continued commitment in this area.