Serbian PM calls on U.S. to annul recognition of Kosovo 2008-02-24 22:57:40   Print

    BELGRADE, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica Sunday called on the United States to annul its decision to recognize the independence of Kosovo.

    "The United States of America must annul the decision to recognize a false state on the territory of Serbia, and create conditions for the United Nations Security Council to confirm the validity of Resolution 1244, which guarantees Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Kostunica was quoted by local media assaying.

    "Otherwise, a continued policy of force will only deepen this crisis that undermines the foundations of the entire world order and threatens peace and stability, not only in the Balkans," Kostunica warned.

    Kosovo, the southern province of Serbia, declared independence on Feb. 17 and has been recognized by the United States and some 20 countries around the world.

    However, Kosovo's independence has outraged the Serbian government and Kosovo Serbs. A riot broke out Thursday evening in Belgrade, where protesters stormed the U.S. embassy and set part of it ablaze. The riot forced the U.S. embassy to evacuate non-essential staff and all family members of the staff Saturday.

    Kostunica expressed his government's gratitude to a large number of countries that have not recognized Kosovo.

    "All these countries in this way defend peace, stability and freedom, as the highest values of the modern world," he said.

    Kostunica is due to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin's likely successor, Dmitry Medvedev, in Belgrade Monday. It has been confirmed that Kosovo will top the agenda of the meeting.

Editor: Yan Liang
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