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Serb President calls killing of Serb Kosovan leader “a terrorist act”

Tuesday, 16 January, 2018 - 23:43

The assassination of Serbian political leader of northern Kosovo Oliver Ivanović on Tuesday morning was “a terrorist act” against Serbia and its people, says Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić.

In an address to the nation, Aleksandar Vučić condemned the murder of Oliver Ivanović.

“For the Serbian state, it is a terrorist act, that’s how we see it,” said the President.

He added: “The attack on Oliver Ivanović is an attack, firstly, against the Serbian people of northern Kosovo and then against all of Serbia”.

The Serbian leader also called on the UN and EU missions in Kosovo to let the Serbian authorities take part in the investigation into the assassination of the politician.

According to Vučić, the Serbian delegation left the negotiating table in Brussels because to hold talks in such circumstances is meaningless.

“It is very difficult to speak when we are threatened every day with war and military conflict in Kosovo and Metohija.”

Ivanović’s killing was strongly condemned by ethnic Albanian leaders and the government in Pristina which has vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Close to the Serb democratic movement, Ivanović was known for maintaining his independence from successive governments in Belgrade and criticising President Vucic’s policies towards Pristina.

Accused of war crimes, he was arrested in 2014, before the Pristina Court of Appeal overturned his conviction in February 2017 and ordered his release and retrial to begin.

Ivanović was shot dead on Tuesday morning outside his party offices by an unknown gunman in a car on the Serbian side of Mitrovica. The car used in the shooting, which took place at around 8:15 am was found burned out around three kilometres from where the assassination occurred.



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