Serbia: Current Issues and U.S. Policy
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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Serbia faces an important crossroads in its development. It is seeking to integrate into the European Union EU, but its progress has been hindered by a failure to arrest four remaining indicted war criminals and by tensions with the United States and the EU over the independence of Serbias Kosovo province. The United States recognized Kosovos independence on February 18, 2008. Britain, France, Germany, Italy and most other EU countries have also recognized Kosovo. Serbian leaders sharply condemned the move and have withdrawn Serbias ambassadors from the United States and other countries recognizing Kosovos independence. New parliamentary elections were held in Serbia on May 11, 2008. Pro-Western forces did well in the elections and may form the next government. The second session of the 110th Congress may consider legislation on Serbia, including conditions on aid to Serbia. This report will be updated as needed.
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