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US warns Serbia on embassy damage

February 22, 2008
By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Writer 

WASHINGTON – The United States bluntly warned Serbia against inciting violence after an angry mob protesting the independence of the former Serbian province of Kosovo stormed and set fire to the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade on Thursday.

Serb students protest against Kosovo's independence in the ethnically ...
Serb students protest against Kosovo’s independence in the ethnically divided town of Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. The proclamation of Kosovo’s independence by ethnic Albanians on Sunday has been followed with growing anger among Kosovo’s Serb population.(AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

The attack played out live on television screens around the world and the Bush administration reacted with unusual sharpness, denouncing Serb authorities for failing to protect the compound from rioters who torched part of its main office building, causing undetermined damage and possibly the death of one person whose charred body was later found.

“Our embassy was attacked by thugs,” White House press secretary Dana Perino told reporters aboard Air Force One as President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice returned from a trip to Africa. “We have made known to the Serbian government our concern and displeasure that their police force did not prevent this incident.”

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