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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

My hon. Friend comes to exactly my point. I can understand why Serbia will not be able to recognise Kosovo. I think that the Minister realises that that would be so politically damaging that we might end up with a Government in that country who leaned towards the east rather than the west.

The independence of Kosovo is not something that can be undone. It is no good saying, "Oh, we got that wrong, we did not mean it." It is disappointing that we are where we are, but that is the situation. I agree that a huge amount of help must go to Kosovo itself because, as we know, it is not exactly at the top of the list of viable states. The EU will have to send in money and resources. However, the Serbian people and the country of Serbia are being asked to acknowledge the splitting off of their territory. The only way forward is for this country, together with the EU or whoever, to provide help. Britain is a great ally and always has been.