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Kosovo: Borders

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the border dispute in Kosovo.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

I am following the situation in northern Kosovo very closely and receive frequent detailed reporting from officials. I discussed this issue with Serbian leaders during my visit to Belgrade on 31 October to 1 November. The issue was also discussed by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), when he met the Kosovo Foreign Minister on 20 October.

The situation in northern Kosovo remains tense but calm. The border points are open and under EULEX control, with NATO’s peacekeeping force, KFOR, providing security. There has been no repeat of the 27 September attack on KFOR troops. Kosovo Serb barricades remain across northern Kosovo. KFOR has started to remove the barriers in conformity with its mandate to guarantee security and freedom of movement.

The EU-facilitated Dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia offers the best opportunity for Pristina and Belgrade to resolve their differences in a way that improves the lives of their people and helps both countries progress in a more stable manner towards EU accession. We urge the governments of Kosovo and Serbia to reengage in the Dialogue as soon as possible and to implement those agreements already reached.

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