The Prince of Wales hosts a reception to mark the end of the Western Balkans Summit

Tonight The Prince of Wales hosted a reception at St James's Palace to mark the end of the Western Balkans Summit.

The summit brought together the six Western Balkans countries and partners in London to work together to support security, stability and prosperity in the region.

The summit was hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May and demonstrated the UK's longstanding commitment to the region and to European security. 
 
During an official visit to Kosovo in 2016, Their Royal Highnesses heard the stories of families whose relatives went missing during the region’s conflict.

Last year, The Prince welcomed representatives of families of missing persons from the Western Balkans to Clarence House after His Royal Highness requested an update on the progress of the operation to find their relatives. 
 

During a speech, The Prince said:

“I must tell you my wife and I have such very special memories of our visit to the Western Balkans in 2016.  It was important to us that we should go and see for ourselves just how much progress had been made on reconciliation, and to meet many people who, despite having endured so much, were determined to build a more prosperous and secure future.  I cannot begin to describe to you the impact made on us both by that visit.And, during the days we spent in the region, I was able to meet representatives of the families of some of those, from all sides, who are still missing from the conflicts of the 1990s.  I need hardly say that I was profoundly moved by the unimaginable anguish they had suffered - and, above all, by the compassion they showed for each other’s suffering.