Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 19th February 2008.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Kosovo.

Photo of David Miliband David Miliband Foreign Secretary

On 17 February the Kosovo Parliamentary Assembly passed a resolution that declared Kosovo independent, committing Kosovo to fully implement UN Special Envoy Ahtisaari's Comprehensive Proposal, including extensive minority safeguards and international supervision.

The UK has decided to recognise Kosovo's independence and establish diplomatic relations. Thus far we understand that at least 18 countries have indicated their intention to recognise Kosovo. We anticipate more will do so shortly.

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