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.
He won the presidency, but Radical Party's Nikolic will probably still be influential.
The breakaway province is expected to declare independence from Serbia imminently.
Despite poor funding and coaching, Serbs are excelling in a variety of sports.
Serbs vote Sunday in polls in which Kosovo independence is a central issue. Slovenia was once part of Yugoslavia.