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Ivanovic assassinated in Mitrovica

(B2) While discussions between Belgrade and Pristina were preparing to resume in Brussels, they were blocked by terrible news coming from Kosovo. Oliver Ivanovic, a prominent Serbian politician, was killed in Mitrovica in northern Kosovo, near his party headquarters, by individuals traveling in a car, with six bullets from a Zastava semi-automatic pistol M70A according to what is reported B92.

After the Civil War, il had carefully distanced himself from Serbian nationalism, advocating dialogue with Kosovars of Albanian origin, even if he had for a time been accused of war crimes for having been one of the guards of the Mitrovica Bridge, before seeing a first trial overturned on appeal (read: A “moderate” Serbian Kosovar arrested by EULEX forces. (Very) sensitive case).

European condemnation

His assassination was "condemned" by the European authorities. The EULEX mission thus “ strongly condemned the act of criminal terror ". She " calls for rapid and effective action by the authorities leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of this horrific act “, claiming to be ready to” provide assistance in accordance with our current mandate”. « I appeal to those who have information that could lead to the arrest of those responsible for the murder of Mr. Ivanovic, to report it to the authorities,” said Alexandra Papadopoulou, head of the EULEX mission. « I appeal to everyone in the community to remain calm and dignified at this difficult time.”


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).