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Tadic Sees Improved Relations with US

Serbian President Boris Tadic says he hopes to be able to turn a new page in relations with the United States when a new U.S. president takes office - despite differences on Kosovo.

In an interview aired on VOA Serbian language television Tuesday, Mr. Tadic said Serbia cannot defend its interests in Kosovo without the United States having a different understanding of the issue.

But he said he does not expect Washington to change its position.

Mr. Tadic told the United Nations General Assembly that his government is asking the International Court of Justice to rule on what he called Kosovo's "illegal and illegitimate" declaration of independence.

He later said on VOA that a favorable ruling would strengthen Serbia's international credibility, saying Serbia is trying to solve the situation peacefully and diplomatically.

The General Assembly has agreed to debate whether to back Serbia's request for a court ruling.

The United States and 46 other countries have recognized Kosovo's independence.