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  Bush calls for independent Kosovo
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News DateSunday, June 10, 2007 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionGeorge Bush has reiterated his call for an independent Kosovo during a one-day visit to Albania.

Independence push

Many Albanians hope Bush's visit will give a boost to the ethnic Albanian majority in neighbouring Kosovo, which is pushing for independence from Serbia.

The US and EU support an independent Kosovo, which is currently administered by the UN, while Serbia, backed by its ally Russia, opposes it.

The US has been particularly popular in Albania since 1999, when then president Bill Clinton pushed for military intervention in Kosovo.

In Tirana, US flags were flown alongside welcome banners and huge posters of a smiling president.

A 21-gun salute also boomed out in welcome.
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