FAC PN 34 (03-04)

Foreign Affairs Committee

Evidence Session

Western Balkans

The Foreign Affairs Committee will hold the following evidence session as part of its inquiry into the 'Western Balkans'. The witnesses appearing before the Committee are as follows:

At 3.00 pm

Dr Othon Anastaskis, Head, South East Europe Programme, St Antony's College, University of Oxford; and

Nicholas Whyte, Head, Europe Programme, International Crisis Group.

At approx 4.00 pm

Misha Glenny, independent commentator, and former Central and South Eastern correspondent for the BBC World Service.

The Committee launched its inquiry into the Western Balkans on 22 July 2004 and will be visiting the Balkans from 8 to 11 November.

Notes to Editors:

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Membership of the Committee 

Rt Hon Donald Anderson (Swansea-East) Lab, Chairman
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh) Lib Dem
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East) Lab
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central) Lab
Rt Hon Andrew Mackay (Bracknell) Con
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock) Lab
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon) Con
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton) Lab
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn) Lab
Rt Hon Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling) Con
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham Edgbaston) Lab

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