- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2008

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA — President Bush gave a cautious approval today to Kosovos declaration of independence from Serbia over the weekend, during a visit to the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha. The Kosovars are now independent, Mr. Bush said during an interview with NBCs Today show. Its something Ive advocated along with my government, Mr. Bush said. But Mr. Bush has not rushed, since Kosovo announced its independence yesterday, to give a full embrace to the fledgling republic. Serbia and its ally Russia have, as expected, rejected Kosovos declaration, and Russia yesterday asked for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, which was inconclusive. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday called for both Serbs and Kosovars to “refrain from any actions or statements that could endanger peace, incite violence or jeopardize security in Kosovo or the region.” Mr. Bush said today that the U.S. government will watch to see how the events unfold today.

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