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U.S. Urges Kosovo To Solve Political Impasse

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.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and dpa