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INTRO: Secretary Rice says Serbian Government responsible for embassy ransackings. Secretary Rice tells the Serbian government it is time to follow the U.N. resolution recognizing Kosovo and move forward after yesterday's rioting.
STORY: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters that it was time for the Serbian Government to move forward and follow the U.N. resolution recognizing Kosovo on Friday (February 22).
Speaking before reporters at a question and answer session, Secretary Rice blamed the Serbian Government for the situation that allowed the mob to ransack several embassies on Thursday and setting part of the U.S. compound on fire. The rioting followed a mass protest in Belgrade against western recognition of Kosovar independence. "We do hold the Serb Government responsible. We've made that very clear," Rice said.【shows 3】
Despite the US response, Rice said that the United States wanted to move forward and build a friendly relationship with Serbia, but that Serbia must recognize the independence of Kosovo. "We believe that the resolution of Kosovo status will really, finally, let the Balkans put its terrible history behind it. I mean after all, we're talking about something from 1389," Rice explained. "It's time to move forward. And Serbia needs to move forward. Kosovo needs to move forward."【shows 7】