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In quotes: Kosovo reaction
Kosovo's declaration of independence at an emergency session of parliament has brought wide-ranging and conflicting reactions from the world's leaders.

SERBIAN PM VOJISLAV KOSTUNICA

"Today, this policy of force thinks that it has triumphed by establishing a false state. As long as the Serb people exist, Kosovo will be Serbia."

US PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH

"We have strongly supported the Ahtisaari plan [for Kosovan independence]...

George W Bush
George W Bush is currently on an African tour

We are heartened by the fact that the Kosovo government has clearly proclaimed its willingness and its desire to support Serbian rights in Kosovo.

We also believe it's in Serbia's interests to be aligned with Europe and the Serbian people can know that they have a friend in America."

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY

"We expect the UN mission and Nato-led forces in Kosovo to take immediate action to carry out their mandate... including the annulling of the decisions of Pristina's self-governing organs and the taking of tough administrative measures against them."

EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF JAVIER SOLANA

"I am in permanent close contact with Kosovo and leaders in the region. I want to underline that stability in Kosovo as well as of the whole Balkan region is essential.

Therefore, I urge everybody to act calmly and in a responsible way. I am convinced that the Kosovar leaders will be up to their responsibilities in this crucial moment."

UK FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESWOMAN

"It's clearly an important development which creates a new context for Kosovo status.

We have consistently said we see the [Ahtisaari] proposal for supervised independence to which Kosovo has committed itself in its declaration as the most viable way forward."

CZECH PRESIDENT VACLAV KLAUS

"Some parties in other states could realise that they do not feel completely at ease within a big state in which they are now."

SELF-DECLARED ABKHAZ PRESIDENT SERGEI BAGAPSH

"In the near future Abkhazia will appeal to the Russian parliament and the UN Security Council with a request to recognise its independence."

SOUTH OSSETIAN PRESIDENT EDUARD KOKOITY

"South Ossetia will in the near future appeal to... the UN with a request to recognise our independence."

FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER BERNARD KOUCHNER

"I wish good luck to Kosovo."





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