HC Deb 25 March 2003 vol 402 c125W
Keith Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the assistance being offered to the Serbian Government in the aftermath of the assassination of Zoran Djindjic. [103936]

Mr. MacShane

HMG condemns the 12 March assassination of Zoran Djindjic and sends its condolences to his widow, his children and the people of Serbia.

Since his assassination, HMG has funded the provision of equipment to the Serbia organised crime squad. On 19 March the EU GAERC supported the accession of Serbia and Montenegro to the Council of Europe on the basis of commitments requested by the Council of Europe including co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Over the coming weeks, the UK and our EU and other Partners will consider what further measures could be taken to aid progress on reform, including tackling extremists, ICTY and organised crime.