Serbia's Socialist Party has entered formal coalition talks with the
pro-western alliance of President Boris Tadic, after abandoning efforts
to create a parliamentary majority with the nationalists.
leader Ivica Dacic told reporters on Saturday that a coalition with the
Radical Party and the Democratic Party of Serbia is "no longer
feasible," because his party has "no common view on key issues" with
President Tadic's coalition won the most seats
in last month's parliamentary elections, but not the outright majority
needed to form a government.
The 20 seats garnered by the
Socialist Party of the late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic would
guarantee either side a parliamentary majority in the 250-seat assembly.
held early elections on May 11th after the ruling coalition split over
the country's EU integration, following Kosovo's declaration of
independence from Belgrade in February. Many countries, including the
U.S. and most EU members, recognized Kosovo's independence.
ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party and the Democratic Party of
Serbia, led by Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, have pledged to
oppose closer EU ties unless the union recognizes Kosovo as an integral
part of Serbia. President Tadic and his supporters want to continue
the EU integration process regardless of the status of Kosovo.
All of Serbia's top leaders say they will never recognize Kosovo's unilateral move.
Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.