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House of Lords written question – answered on 21st December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Kosovo about promotion of awareness amongst the Serb and other minority populations of the provisions made for them in the Kosovan constitution.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The Government frequently discuss with the Government of Kosovo the importance of demonstrating and communicating their commitment to the Serb and other minority populations, including through promoting awareness of the provisions in Kosovo's constitution. Most recently the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right honourable friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) raised this when he met Foreign Minister Hoxhaj on 20 October. The UK also continues to support the International Civilian Organisation's efforts to implement the full range of provisions in the Ahtisaari Plan for a stable, viable and multi-ethnic Kosovo.

We welcome President Jahjaga's speech to the Kosovo Assembly on 8 December, in which she addressed the Kosovo-Serb population, reaffirming that "according to the Constitution of Kosovo and its laws, you are citizens with equal freedoms and guaranteed rights. Kosova is the homeland of all and you as citizens of Serb nationality will realise all your national, religious, cultural and educational rights. For this you will have my support and the support of Kosovo's institutions".

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