Kosovo Declares Independence

Serbia enraged as US, EU expected to recognize new country tomorrow
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2008 10:30 AM CST
Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, center, sits in front of the declaration of independence, foreground left, during the parliament session in Pristina, Kosovo, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. Kosovo declared...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kosovo's parliament declared independence from Serbia today by a unanimous vote, the BBC reports. "We have waited for this day for a very long time,” said PM Hashim Thaci, before reading the declaration, which promised respect for the Serbian minority. Serbia’s PM, meanwhile, slammed the US and other western nations for their plans to recognize Kosovo, saying they had created a “false state.”

"Kosovo is Serbia," said PM Vojislav Kostunica, quoting a popular nationalist saying. After today’s ceremony, Kosovar politicians are set to sign their names to a giant iron sign that says “newborn” and join the thousands celebrating in the streets for fireworks and parades.