Theme: Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation

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The way forward in Kosovo

Kosovo is a fascinating country. It feels both ancient and brand new. Its people are warm and friendly, and for the most part young and full of life. Enthusiasm and optimism for the future is the dominant characteristic of a people who, despite everything, believe that education, enterprise and hard work will deliver prosperity and success. 

The UK delegation saw that peace remained fragile in Kosovo

Kosovo on the brink

Twelve years after surviving one of the bloodiest conflicts in the Balkans, Kosovo is pushing slowly through the political and economic barriers to the independence it declared in February 2008. But in the battle for recognition it still confronts not only Serbia, its ancient rival, but five European Union countries.

UK Delegation in November 2011 visited the Kosovo Parliament

Outward Delegation to Kosovo

The delegation’s visit to Kosovo was a very interesting one and allowed the UK Parliamentarians to visit several ministries and explore some of the issues pertinent to the country’s development since the Declaration of Independence in 2008. Independent Kosovo is recognised by 85 states but these do not include five members of the European Union or Serbia.

Inter-parliamentary delegation from Mexico visits the Palace of Westminster

Inward Delegation from Mexico

The delegation had a productive and intensive programme whilst in Westminster, covering a number of themes including climate change, human rights, trade and political reforms. During the programme they met with Foreign Office Minister, Jeremy Browne, the Deputy Speaker and many MPs and Peers and senior officials of the House

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Outward Delegation to Chile

Our visit to Chile in July 2011 must have been one of the most detailed and comprehensive itineraries that a delegation from the IPU-British Group has undertaken in many years. Our visit coincided with celebrations to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Chilean National Congress which is based in Chile’s second city and Pacific port of Valparaiso.

UK Delegation to the 134th IPU Assembly in Panama led by BGIPU Chair Robert Walter MP

Robert Walter MP leads Britain’s delegation to the IPU Assembly in Panama

The turmoil in the Arab world dominated debates at the IPU Assembly in Panama in April which was attended by a delegation from Britain led by Robert Walter MP. Mr Walter – Chair of the British Group of the IPU – told delegates from over 100 countries in the IPU that recent events in North Africa could spread to other countries in the region.