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Kosovo: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Labour, Rotherham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposals in the Ahtisaari Plan for the promotion of local self-government and protection of the Serb community in Kosovo.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The UK has always supported the Ahtisaari Plan proposals. These provide for an enhanced and sustainable system of local self-government and specific rights for the Serbian and other minority communities in Kosovo. Some examples of the provisions include proportional representation for minorities in the national government as well as the establishment of Kosovo-Serb majority municipalities with transparent links, including funding, with Belgrade. Other elements of the Ahtisaari Plan ensure education for minorities in their own language, the right to use their own community symbols and the ability to register their names in the original form and script.

The Plan's provisions, when fully implemented, will ensure a multi-ethnic and democratic Kosovo with wide rights at municipal level, progressing towards eventual EU membership and contributing to regional stability. The UK is a strong supporter of the International Civilian Office (ICO), which was established to supervise the implementation of the plan, and works closely with it and the Government of Kosovo to help deliver full implementation of the plan.

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