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Thursday 26th July 2012 | 16:55
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Press Release
The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, met Kosovo's Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, in London today. The Foreign Secretary underlined the UK's continuing support for an independent and democratic Kosovo, firmly on the path towards EU membership. He welcomed Kosovo's progress and urged Prime Minister Thaci to continue to pursue with energy the key reforms necessary for a more stable and prosperous Kosovo, notably in the areas of rule of law, organised crime, electoral reform and inter-community cooperation. He encouraged Prime Minister Thaci to take forward plans for outreach to the Kosovo-Serb community in the north.
The Foreign Secretary welcomed the progress achieved in the EU-facilitated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. He underlined the importance of continued dialogue for building practical cooperation between Kosovo and Serbia, particularly with regards to northern Kosovo, and for ensuring both countries are able to progress in a more stable manner towards eventual EU membership.