HC Deb 11 November 1999 vol 337 cc849-50W
Mr. Dalyell

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the terms of reference of the Stability Pact in relation to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; what objectives it is designed to achieve; how it is organised; where is the Secretariat; and who are its signatories. [98264]

Mr. Vaz

The Stability Pact for South-East Europe aims to promote peace, stability and democracy in the region. The Pact brings together the countries of the region, the EU, the USA, Russia, a range of other countries, many international organisations and International Financial Institutions. The participating countries to the Pact adopted the founding document in Cologne on 10 June 1999. It has been stressed at all Stability Pact meetings that there is a role for the FRY when conditions permit. Meanwhile, Montenegro is fully involved in the Pact's work.

The Office of the Special Co-ordinator for the Pact is in Brussels. The Special Co-ordinator Chairs the Regional Table of the Pact. This acts as a steering board and facilitates co-ordination and information exchange between the Pact's three Working Tables. The three Working Tables deal with Democracy/Human Rights, Economic Reconstruction/Development/Co-operation, and Security Issues and meet every 3–4 months. Between these meetings work is taken forward through subject-specific Task Forces.

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