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Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it a condition of Serbia’s accession to the European Union that that country shall not be able to exercise a veto over subsequent accession by Kosovo; and if he will make a statement. (302390)

The UK firmly supports the perspective of EU membership for both Serbia and Kosovo. In so doing, the UK emphasises the importance the EU attaches to good neighbourly relations, a factor which is formally taken into account as part of an applicant country’s accession process. Against this background, the UK continues to give firm encouragement to both Serbia and Kosovo to work together to develop a constructive relationship, in order to reinforce stability in the region and facilitate the prospects for its EU integration.