President Bush was warmly welcomed during his visit to Bulgaria. During the visit he again spoke about America’s missile shield project, and he reviewed some of the troops that Bulgaria has contributed to the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts.
In a speech he said the release of five Bulgarian nurses on death row in Libya was “an American priority”, and after angering Serbia yesterday with comments on Kosovo, he attempted to sugar the pill with an offer to Belgrade;
“America believes that Kosovo ought to be independent. I sought the President’s advice. One of the things he made clear is something that I agree with, and that is as we seek independence for Kosovo we’ve also got to make it clear to Serbia that there is a way forward, maybe in NATO, maybe in the EU, and definitely in better relations with the US”.
Now winging his way home, President Bush leaves behind a number of difficult issues that need more than an eight-day visit to resolve.