Serbia's government rejects anti-EU resolution

Serbia's government, dominated by pro-Western liberals, rejected a resolution calling for the country to abandon its bid for European Union membership because of EU nations' recognition of Kosovo's statehood. But the parliamentary resolution, drafted by ultra-nationalists and supported by Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, has yet to be discussed in the assembly, where hard-liners have a majority. The resolution calls on the EU to "clearly and unequivocally" say Kosovo remains part of Serbia before pre-membership talks can resume. "The resolution will be adopted by the Parliament and that will be binding for the government," said Aleksandar Vicic of the ultra-nationalist Radical party, which drafted the document.