Serbian Prime Minister dissolves government

March 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica has dissolved the government and is calling for new elections. Kostunica accuses pro-Western ministers in his government of failing to support efforts to preserve Kosovo as part of Serbia.

Kostunica has also maintained that Serbia cannot join the European Union unless the EU's member nations rescind their decisions to recognize Kosovo's independence.

Serbia has a coalition government and pro-EU parties in it say Serbia's future in the bloc should not depend on Kosovo's status.

Kostunica says he will convene a session of the government that will make a decision to call new elections for May 11th.