Rice: U.S. wants Kosovo to be independent

July 21, 2007 - 0:0

LISBON (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that Kosovo will get independence in the end.

""President Bush made very clear when he was in Albania that the United States stands for the implications of the Ahtisaari report, which is that Kosovo will gain its independence,"" she told reporters after talks with her Portuguese counterpart, Luis Amado. During his visit to Albanian last month, Bush asked the UN Security Council to grant the Serbian province independence sooner than later. ""At some point in time, sooner rather than later, you've got to say enough is enough, Kosovo is independent,"" Bush told a news conference in Albania. The American announcement further antagonized Russia, which is firmly opposed to Kosovo independence. UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari submitted his plan for Kosovo's status to the UN Security Council at the end of March. But Russia has rejected three draft resolutions based on Ahtisaari's proposals, which will lead to ""supervised independence"" for Kosovo. ""We are working with allies on the process by which we come to a solution of the situation in Kosovo,"" said Rice