HL Deb 23 July 2001 vol 626 cc176-7WA
Lord McCarthy

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What changes have been made to European Union sanctions in relation to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. [HL486]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

In its conclusions of 22 January 2001, the EU General Affairs Council welcomed the free and fair conditions in which the legislative elections in Serbia in December 2000 had been held. Their outcome confirmed the determination of the people of Serbia to continue the consolidation of democracy in their country. It was decided that restrictive measures should therefore be confined to the former President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Mr Slobodan Milosevic, his family and persons indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

On 26 February 2001, the list of those affected by the EU visa ban was amended from 600 to 13 to fall in line with this decision. On 19 June 2001, the EC adopted Council Regulation (EC) 1205/2001 reducing the number of persons subject to Council Regulation (EC) No 2488/2000, maintaining a freeze of funds in relation to Mr Milosevic and those persons associated with him, to the same list of persons.

UK implementing legislation will be amended to take account of EC Regulation 1205/2001.

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