House of Lords Debate on European Union: Recent Developments

Speech by Lord Owen in The House of Lords 17 December 2012

Twenty years ago this December, the late Cyrus Vance and I were deep in the mire and tragedy of the Balkans. Therefore it is with great pleasure that I welcome Croatia into the European Union—we hope this summer. I strongly support the legislation that makes this possible. About the only positive thing one could say then was that eventually it would be settled through the aspiration to membership of the European Community, as it then was. I also hope and pray that it will not be beyond a decade before we see Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia— or FYROM—Montenegro, Kosovo and possibly Albania all coming in together…

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