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Western Balkans

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:59 am on 26th February 2008.

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Photo of John Randall John Randall Conservative, Uxbridge 10:59 am, 26th February 2008

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. Although I have never been described as a diplomat, I shall try to tread a course along that line. However, it must be said that taking early action without thinking things through is not always helpful.

My hon. Friend refers to an area about which he knows a great deal. I was not in the House at that time. I was selling furniture, having pursued my degree in Serbo-Croat, which involved studying the history of the region, as well as its language and literature—but even there, among the nests of tables in Uxbridge, I thought it an unwise move.