US calls for restraint after Kosovo declares independence

February 18th, 2008 - 12:49 am ICT by admin  

Washington, Feb 17 (Xinhua) The US Sunday urged all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from any provocative act after Kosovo declared independence. “The US is now reviewing the issue and discussing the matter with its European partners,” the state department said in a statement, without immediately declaring its support for Kosovo independence as it is strongly opposed by both Serbia and Russia.

Instead, it called on all parties in the region to “exercise the utmost restraint and to refrain from any provocative act”.

“The US welcomed the Kosovo government’s commitment to implement provisions of the plan put forward by UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari to protect ethnic minority communities,” the statement said.

Prior to Kosovo’s declaration of independence, the US has repeatedly voiced its support for Kosovo independence.

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