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Volume 694: debated on Wednesday 18 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What contributions they made to President Ahtisaari's report on Kosovo's future status; and what assessment they have made of his comprehensive proposal for the Kosovo status settlement. [HL4762]

The UK has been fully engaged in the UN status process for Kosovo. As part of the Contact Group (France, Germany, Italy, Russia, UK and US), we worked closely with UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari during the 15 months of intensive negotiations he held between Belgrade and Pristina.

The UK fully supports the UN Special Envoy. His proposals, which provide for independence for Kosovo, supervised by the international community, hold out the prospect of a better future for all the peoples of Kosovo and for enhanced stability in the region. They are well judged and represent compromises for both sides. They contain generous and far-reaching guarantees protecting the rights of Kosovo's Serb and other non-Albanian communities. These would be monitored and upheld by the international community through its continued presence in Kosovo.

The Special Envoy's proposals would finally give Kosovo clarity over its future, enabling the Balkan region to draw a line under the conflicts of the recent past and look forward to a future with a European and Euro-Atlantic perspective.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress has been made in the United Nations Security Council in considering a draft resolution to determine Kosovo's final status. [HL4763]

Intensive negotiations are ongoing in the UN Security Council in New York. We are working closely with our Security Council partners to find a way forward which would allow implementation of UN Special Envoy Ahtisaari's proposals on Kosovo's status. This is a sensitive issue for some Security Council members. We are working hard to address those sensitivities, patiently but persistently.