BELGRADE, Serbia – Serbia's president has hinted the country's leadership will reject an EU-mediated plan for Kosovo that would pave the way for Serbia's eventual membership in the bloc.
The EU has given Serbia until Tuesday to say whether it would relinquish control of northern Kosovo — one of the most contentious issues dividing the former Serbian province — in exchange for the start of Serbia's EU membership negotiations.
Talks between Serbian and Kosovo Albanian officials on the issue broke down last week in Brussels, and Serbian leaders have since been debating whether to accept or reject the deal, which Serbian nationalist President Tomislav Nikolic described Sunday as unfair.
Nikolic says the EU-backed proposal "was not an offer, but an ultimatum."
Serbia does not recognize Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence.