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Serbia says it will resist Kosovo independence

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Serbia says it will resist Kosovo independence


It was all smiles as Serbia’s President Boris Tadic met Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the 44th annual Munich Security Conference.

But Tadic was to deliver a stark warning over Kosovo’s decision to declare independence soon.

The Serbian leader said it was a step his country was not willing to accept:

“We are going to continue fighting for territorial integrity and sovereignty of our country, by not using war and violence. As a normal European democracy, we will use all legal and diplomatic instruments,” he said.

The US and most European Union members have pledged to support independence for Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority.

The US Defence Secretary, Robert Gates and NATO’s Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer used their speeches to call for greater support in Afghanistan.

Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, vowed to continue his fight against Kurdish militants, and criticised the EU for not cracking down on PKK supporters within Europe.

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