Tuesday, March 08, 2005


Foreign Office Minister Denis MacShane said:

"The British Government welcomes the decision of Ramush Haradinaj to resign and go voluntarily to the Hague to face the charges against him. It is vital for the future of the region that the rule of law is observed and International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) issues brought to closure. This decision to go voluntarily to the Hague does him great credit and should become an example to others elsewhere in the region.

"I urge the Governments in Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia and the authorities in Serbia and Banja Luka to extend their full co-operation to ICTY in the cases of Mladic, Karadzic and Gotovina.

"As Prime Minister of the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG) in Kosovo, Mr Haradinaj made commendable progress in the implementation of UN-endorsed Standards. A Review of these Standards, in areas including minority rights, democracy and the rule of law, will take place in mid-2005.

"If positive, the Review will pave the way for a process to determine Kosovo's future status. The outcome of the Review is not a given. But if current momentum is sustained, a positive Review will be possible.

"It is vital that the Kosovo people ensure that the progress made under Mr Haradinaj's leadership does not go to waste. No time must be lost in pushing ahead with the necessary reforms. The future of Kosovo is in the hands of its people".

Press Office, Downing Street (West), London SW1A 2AH

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