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Independence day for Kosovo

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia Sunday, reported the New York Times.

Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, who was a former guerrilla leader, addressed both the Albanian and Serbian Parliaments.

“I feel the heartbeat of our ancestors,? Thaci said, paying tribute to Kosovo’s war dead and to the European Union and Washington. ?We the leaders of our people, democratically elected, through this declaration proclaim Kosovo an independent and sovereign state.?

Thaci also promised to protect the rights of all Kosovo citizens.

The former province’s independence was greeted with enthusiasm by ethnic Albanians who, according to the New York Times, were flooding into the streets. Some were beating drums and waiving Albanian flags while they chanted “Independence! Independence! We are free at last!?