World Bulletin / News Desk
Serbia's troubled relations with Kosovo will force it to wait longer to start membership talks with European Union, EU diplomats said on Tuesday.
In its annual report Wednesday on countries lining up to join the EU, the European Commission is expected to say the former Yugoslav state has not done enough to mend ties with Kosovo since becoming a membership candidate in March.
Serbia has been seen as a pariah of the Balkans, linked to its central role in the bloody wars that tore through the peninsula after the collapse of Yugoslavia.
"It will not get a recommendation yet, it's not in the cards," one EU diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Serbia lost control over Kosovo in 1999 after an 11-week NATO air war to halt the killing and expulsion of ethnic Albanians by Serb forces fighting a two-year counter-insurgency war under late strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
More than 90 countries, including the United States and 22 of the EU's 27 members, have recognised the impoverished, landlocked country as a sovereign state.
Belgrade has vowed never to do so, but is under pressure from the EU to improve cooperation with Pristina in a range of fields, ranging from trade, to state institutions and security.
Countries pay tribute by lighting up buildings or monuments in Turkish colors in spontaneous response
Crowded field emerges as Britain’s largest political party begins process to elect David Cameron’s successor
Baghdad hit by series of fatal attacks only 2 days after government promised new security measures
Norwegian Court Approves Extradition of Mullah Krekar, a Terror Suspect
Iraq says air strikes destroy 260 IS vehicles fleeing Fallujah
Nicola Sturgeon met EU officials in Brussels Wednesday
Sameh Shoukry makes first visit as Egyptian FM to Palestinian Authority’s administrative capital in West Bank
Alvin died late Monday, Toffler Associates, the consultancy firm he founded, said in a statement without giving a reason for his death.
Police have shot a Palestinian who apparently attacked a Jewish settler
Angela Merkel says EU project remains on course despite Britain's exit from the bloc
US president's phone call to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan day after terror assault
Candidates to succeed David Cameron must announce by Thursday, Labour leadership challenge expected Wednesday
Fallujah was recaptured by the Iraqi army earlier this week after a more than month-long offensive against Daesh militants
"The notion that Donald Trump could benefit from the same forces that gave the 'Leave' proponents a majority in Britain should sound an alarm for the Democratic Party in the United States," Sanders wrote.
French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday confirmed they were in “full agreement on how to handle the situation” created by Britain’s vote to quit the EU.
Telol al-Baj, near Mosul has been retaken by security forces