UN official condemns slaying of Serb politician

The United Nations’ senior official in Kosovo has strongly condemned the slaying of a Serb political leader in Kosovo.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the U.N. Mission in Kosovo, Zahir Tanin, said Tuesday he was shocked and strongly condemned the killing of Oliver Ivanovic.
He urged investigative authorities to “work swiftly and effectively” and assured them that “all the international agencies on the ground are ready to support the authorities in any manner which may assist the swift apprehension of those responsible.”
The U.N. mission governed Kosovo following Serbia’s bloody crackdown against Kosovo Albanian separatists in 1999 and the NATO bombing that stopped it. After 2008, when Kosovo declared independence, it is playing a more minor role.
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Serbia’s president says the country is demanding that international missions in Kosovo include his country in their investigation into the killing of a leading Serb politician in the tense region.
President Aleksandar Vucic said Tuesday that Serbia views the fatal attack on Oliver Ivanovic in Kosovo earlier in the day as a “terrorist act.” He says “Serbia will take all necessary measures so the killer or killers are found.”
Vucic says “there are interesting details that point who might be the killers.” He did not elaborate.
Serbia lost authority over Kosovo after the 1998-99 war and the former Serbian province declared independence in 2008. Serbia has refused to recognize the split.
Vucic says the Serbian delegation has left EU-mediated talks in Brussels on normalizing ties with Kosovo because “it makes no sense to talk in such circumstances.”