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Foreign Secretary welcomes General Affairs Council agreement on Serbia's EU candidate status

Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed yesterday's recommendation by the EU General Affairs Council to grant Serbia EU Candidate Status, and to further enhance cooperation with Kosovo.

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He said:

“Britain has long been a strong supporter of EU membership for all Western Balkan countries. I therefore welcome yesterday’s recommendation by the General Affairs Council to grant Serbia EU Candidate Status, and look forward to confirmation of this decision by this week’s European Council. The UK strongly supports this recommendation, on the basis of progress that Serbia has made in internal reforms, its relationship with Kosovo and in wider regional relations.

“I also welcome the Commission’s intention to launch a process towards a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between Kosovo and the EU. This sends an important signal of support for Kosovo’s EU future, which the UK will continue to support.

“I commend both President Tadic and Prime Minister Thaci for taking the steps that have made these important decisions possible. I now urge both Serbia and Kosovo to maintain their constructive approach to further dialogue, which is crucial to building practical cooperation, which is the only way of ensuring a stable and prosperous future.”

Published 29 February 2012