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Serbia Warns Against Recognizing Kosovo's Independence

Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu (file photo) (official site) July 25, 2007 -- The Serbian parliament has warned the United States and the European Union against recognizing Kosovo's independence without UN consent.

Serbian lawmakers passed a resolution late in the day on July 24 promising an "energetic response" against countries that might recognize independence for the mainly ethnic-Albanian province.

A UN Security Council resolution on Kosovo's future was set aside July 20 in the face of a possible veto by Russia, which has joined Serbia in opposing Kosovo's independence.

Russia said it contained a hidden route to independence.

The international Contact Group -- Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and the United States -- is due today to initiate fresh diplomatic efforts on the future status of the breakaway province when it meets in Vienna.

Kosovar President Fatmir Sejdiu said on July 23 after talks with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that Pristina will not unilaterally declare independence, but will coordinate its future with the United States and Europe.

He added, however, that Kosovo "cannot remain hostage" to the obstruction of "some countries," a clear reference to Russia.


Final Status For Kosovo

Final Status For Kosovo

Pro-independence graffiti in Prishtina (epa)

FINALLY STATUS? Sabine Freizer, director of the Crisis Group's Europe Program, told an RFE/RL briefing that deep divisions in the UN Security Council make it uncertain what form Kosovo's future status might take.


Listen to the entire briefing (about 70 minutes):
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