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'Protect US Embassy in Serbia'

The United States has urged the Serbian government to help protect the US Embassy in Belgrade, says a State Department spokesman.

world Updated: Feb 22, 2008 01:58 IST

The United States has urged the Serbian government to help protect the US Embassy in Belgrade, a State Department spokesman said on Thursday after protesters in Serbia's capital attacked the embassy to protest Kosovo's independence.

"We are in contact with the Serbian government to ensure that they devote the appropriate assets to fulfill their international obligations to help protect diplomatic facilities, in this case our embassy," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters.

"They (Serbia) have been up until this point very good in providing police assets to ensure that the embassy facility was protected. We want to strongly urge them and we are in contact with them to make sure that they devote the assets to deal with this situation," McCormack told reporters.