The U.S. ambassador to Kosovo has delivered a strongly worded message to the country's leaders to end five months of political impasse.
Speaking in Albanian, Tracey Jacobson told a nongovernmental conference in Pristina on November 6: "Don't screw this up."
She was referring to ongoing negotiations between Kosovo's political leaders locked in dispute following an inconclusive June election.
Prime Minister Hashim Thaci's ruling party won the June 8 poll but lacks a governing majority, while opposition parties refuse to govern with him.
If the deadlock continues, the Balkan nation could faces new elections.
Jacobson warned this would not be a good option, saying: "Winter is coming, people are tired of this and it all may affect the turnout."
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 with the backing of Washington.