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U.K. pressures Serbia on Kosovo statehood

British Foreign Secretary William Hague is in Serbia to warn the Balkan country against challenging Kosovo's independence at a UN General Assembly meeting.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague visited Serbia Tuesday to warn the Balkan country against challenging Kosovo's independence at a UN General Assembly meeting.

Serbia has submitted a resolution for the meeting — to be held in New York in early September — that calls Kosovo's 2008 independence declaration "unacceptable" and requests more talks on its status.

Sixty-nine countries have backed Kosovo's statehood, including Canada, Britain, the U.S. and major EU powers. But Belgrade has said it will never accept it.

Last week, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle urged Belgrade to give up its Kosovo quest and focus on the process of EU integration.

Hague held talks Tuesday with Serbian President Boris Tadic, before meeting top government officials.