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Western Balkans

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 12:00 pm on 26th February 2008.

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock 12:00 pm, 26th February 2008

I am truly bewildered by the statement "We welcome Kosovan independence." As I said, many of us wish Kosovars well, but how on earth does the hon. Lady expect or hope that Kosovo will come into the European Union, particularly given the fact that if the criteria on war crimes are met and Serbia is admitted, it will have a veto on expansion of the European Union? Kosovo cannot and will not be advanced by the declaration of independence, because it cannot become a member of the United Nations or the European Union. I am bewildered as to how it is a great leap forward for Kosovars.