After running the tiny state for eight years, UN workers here are awaiting orders from headquarters.
Serbia said it was hunting down rioters who torched the US Embassy in Belgrade Thursday as 120,000 protested the province's newly declared statehood.
The Serb-dominated area of Mitrovica is a flash point, and could be lost to Serbia.
President Bush hailed the controversial move, as the EU and UN met to form their responses.
Effort may lack UN legality, but is politically practical, say many diplomats, despite Serb anger.
Despite Serbia's ire, province may declare independence as soon as Sunday.
Belgrade power broker Vojislav Kostunica is shaking the newly elected government over Kosovo.