A senior U.S. official today (May 12,2010) said that Serbia must resolve its differences with Kosovo before it can join the European Union (EU), according to the Serbianna website.
Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008 and is recognized by the United States and all but five members of the EU.
"Serbia's path to the EU will only be completed when it resolves its differences with Kosovo," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Phillip Gordon told reporters on the first leg of his Balkans tour in Kosovo's capital, Pristina.
"The EU has been quite clear that it is not going to be too keen to incorporate border disputes, non-recognitions, and ambiguous relationships," Gordon said.
Gordon's comments appear to reflect an ongoing American foreign policy which favors Kosovo over Serbia, and dates back to Kosovo's illegal secession from Serbia in 2008. The United States was one of the first nations to recognize Kosovo as an independent country; however, the United Nations, the European Union, and most countries of the world -- including Serbia -- have refused to recognize Kosovo as an independent nation.
Serbia has referred the question of Kosovo's status to the International Court of Justice in Holland, where a decision is expected to be made soon on whether Kosovo should be recognized as an independent nation or as a province in Serbia.