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Actress Eliza Dushku visits Kosovo, Albania, gets a tattoo

Wednesday 7 June 2006, by Webmaster

PRISTINA, Serbia (AP) - U.S. actress Eliza Dushku is taking back a very particular souvenir from her visit to her father’s homeland — a double-headed eagle, modeled after the one in Albania’s national flag.

Dushku, 25, who starred as the title character in "Tru Calling" and as Faith in "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," had the tattoo done on her back during her first visit to Albania and Kosovo.

She said she was impressed by the welcome and the honors she received during the trip, which included meeting Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Agim Ceku.

"I’m flattered and taken aback, and yet it makes me want to be even louder and prouder Albanian," Dushku said, as she sat for a lunch with family and friends accompanying her during the visit to the U.N.-administered province.

She also laid a wreath at the grave of Kosovo’s late President Ibrahim Rugova.

"It’s very emotional," she said, displaying a rubber bracelet advocating independence for Kosovo. "There’s so many emotions running through my soul, my mind and my heart."

Dushku, who said she always wanted to visit Kosovo, was here as part of a brief visit that took her to Albania as a guest in a song festival bringing together musicians from European countries.

But she might be coming back soon. During her three-day stay in Kosovo, she said she crossed paths with a South African filmmaker who is trying to put together a movie about the town of Djakovica, from which 1,000 people went missing during the 1998-1999 war.

"She said she went to bed and was thinking about it and that she envisioned me," Dushku said. "I think that will be amazing."