Kosovo: Recognition of States

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th October 2019.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the recognition of Kosovo as a sovereign state.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State

The United Kingdom was among the first countries to recognise Kosovo as an independent state in February 2008. We remain one of Kosovo's foremost allies and strongest supporters. The United Kingdom lobbies, along with key international partners, to ensure countries have a full understanding of the facts regarding Kosovo. The United Kingdom supports Kosovo's integration into the international rules-based system through membership of international organisations, which can help promote security, stability and prosperity. The FCO actively supported Kosovo's Interpol membership bid in 2018 and continues to support them in their membership of the World Customs Organisation. The EU (and a number of other organisations such as NATO and the OSCE) have a "status neutral" approach towards Kosovo, since not all members recognise Kosovo as a sovereign state.

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