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Kosovo declares day of mourning for late US president Bush

AFP  |  Pristina 

has declared Wednesday a of mourning for the late US George H.W. Bush, who was seen as an early ally of the ethnic Albanians in the former Serbian province.

Passionately pro-US, flies American flags in front of many government offices and businesses in a sign of gratitude for the US-led NATO intervention that helped severe it from in 1999.

On Wednesday, the day of Bush's funeral, flags will be flown at half-mast across the country in his honour, Hashim Thaci's office said in a statement Tuesday.

It will be a "sign of state and civic respect for (Bush's) contribution to the freedom of Kosovo", the statement said.

Morning classes in Kosovo schools on Wednesday will also be dedicated to the

"Bush has been engaged every time in promoting Kosovo's affairs" on the world stage, said at a press release.

In the 1990s, showed an early interest in the plight of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo who were marginalised under Serbian rule.

His government hosted in and in 1992 he warned then-Serbian strongman that the US would respond militarily if Serb troops started a war in Kosovo. Less than a decade later war broke out between Serbian troops and ethnic Albanian guerillas.

In 1999, a US-led NATO air campaign forced to withdraw, ending the conflict and paving the way for Kosovo to declare independence in 2008.

A main street in the capital is also named after the late Bush's son and also an ex-president, George W. Bush, whose administration lent key support when Kosovo declared independence.

Bill Clinton, who was US during the NATO bombing, is also celebrated with his own boulevard and a statue on a street corner.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 17:25 IST