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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Serbia Says U.S. Won't Allow Deal

BELGRADE -- Serbia accused the United States on Tuesday of seeking to prevent a possible Serbian-Albanian compromise on Kosovo by backing the province's independence.

Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said in a statement that the United States wanted "at any price to prevent the Kosovar Albanians from accepting a compromise solution for the province."

Kosovo is formally a province in Serbia, but it has been ruled by a United Nations administration since a 1999 war, when NATO bombed Serbia to stop an onslaught against the ethnic Albanian separatists.

Kosovo's future status is currently being negotiated at internationally brokered talks which have been deadlocked as Kosovar Albanians insist on becoming an independent state and Serbia rejects the idea.

The United States has said monitored independence, as proposed in a UN plan, was the best solution for Kosovo and the Balkans. This has angered Serbia which accused Washington of being anti-Serb.

Kostunica said Serbia would never accept Kosovo's independence and allow the province to become U.S. and NATO "war prey" after they "brutally and illegally" bombed Serbia to try to snatch its territory.

Also Tuesday, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group warned in a report that the Kosovo crisis could stir violence in volatile Albanian-dominated southern Serbia, bordering the province.