§ Mr. Randall
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the United Kingdom Government will ratify the Association and Stabilisation Agreement with the FYR of Macedonia. 1018W
§ Mr. MacShane
The EU has made clear that further progress in Macedonia's relations with the European Union is closely tied to the implementation of the August 2001 Framework Agreement. We will continue to monitor progress, particularly during the forthcoming election period. If the conditions in Macedonia are right the UK hopes to ratify the Stabilisation and Association Agreement after the summer.