Serbia recalls US ambassador

Serbia recalled its ambassador to the United States on Monday after Washington recognised Kosovo as independent, and said it would do the same for all countries that treat Kosovo as a state.

Serbia recalls US ambassador
"We ordered the urgent withdrawal of our ambassador to Washington, and his return to Belgrade, that is the government's first urgent measure," Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica told a special session of parliament.

"This will apply to all countries that recognise Kosovo's unilateral independence," he said, without specifically mentioning EU states that also said they would recognise Pristina.

Serbia's southern province of Kosovo declared independence on Sunday after almost nine years under U.N. administration.

Kostunica said recognition showed the true face of Washington's "policy of force". He repeated accusations that the United States supported Kosovo's independence so that it can have a "military training ground and a NATO warehouse".

"The main goal of Serbia's state policy is the return of Kosovo to Serbia," he said in the address carried live on state television. "From now on, we will act to secure a free and safe life for our citizens in Kosovo."

Some 120,000 Serbs still live in Kosovo, among 2 million Albanians. Belgrade, which has said it will not use force, has no practical chance of winning the province back.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Şubat 2008, 11:29