US slams Serbia and Russia
The US has slammed both Serbia and Russia for the happenings in Kosovo, stressing that Belgrade failed in its duty to protect diplomatic missions.world Updated: Feb 23, 2008 11:09 IST
The US has slammed both Serbia and Russia for the happenings in Kosovo, stressing that Belgrade failed in its duty to protect diplomatic missions and that Moscow was playing a rather "cynical" role in the crisis.
Prior to leaving for Asia, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice rebuked Serbia for failing in its duty while brushing aside the contention that Washington desires a military presence in that part of the world.
She said: "... Yes, the Serb government did (fail). They had an obligation to protect diplomatic missions, and, from what we can tell, the police presence was either inadequate or unresponsive at the time. And we've made very clear to the Serbian government that we don't expect that to happen again. Not only were we attacked, but a number of other embassies were as well."
Rice maintained that US obligations under the KFOR and NATO allies will cease when no longer needed.
"... The United States maintains a presence with the KFOR forces only because they are needed there and only because there continue to be tensions out of the '90s that require this international presence through NATO.
I don't think anyone will be happier than the American president on the day that Kosovo is capable of having the kind of security forces that can take care of its people and contribute to regional stability; that the Balkans is a more stable place," she said.
"We believe that the resolution of Kosovo's status will really, finally, let the Balkans begin to put its terrible history behind it," she said.