HC Deb 24 June 1999 vol 333 c423W
Mr. Dalyell

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral Statement of 14 June 1999,Official Report, column 22–33, on Kosovo, what response he has received from Hashen Thaqi about ending violence in Kosovo. [87591]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

As the Prime Minister pointed out in his statement to the House on Kosovo on 21 June 1999,Official Report, columns 761–64, and at the G8 Summit, the KLA has now agreed an undertaking to demilitarise in phases over 90 days, beginning with an immediate ceasefire.

Mr. Paul Marsden

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to support the gathering of evidence in Kosovo on behalf of the War Crimes Commission. [87875]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

We are doing all we can to help ICTY investigate crimes against humanity in Kosovo. A UK Scenes of Crime team has been initially tasked by ICTY to examine sites of two of the worst atrocities thought to have taken place in Kosovo. The UK team was the first such team operating on the ground in Kosovo.

In April, we appointed a UK Kosovo war crimes co-ordinator who is responsible for ensuring that as much information as possible is passed to ICTY that might be relevant to the Tribunal's investigations.

We have contributed an extra £290,000 this year to ICTY in addition to the UK's assessed contribution of US$5.1 million.