Hundreds of mourners including Serbia’s prime minister crowded a cemetery for the funeral of Kosovar Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, who was buried in Belgrade two days after he was gunned down in northern Kosovo.
Prime Minister Ada Brnabic led the Serbian government delegation at the funeral, which was conducted by the Serbian Orthodox Church.
President Aleksandar Vucic stayed away, saying he will pay his respects over the weekend at the spot where Ivanovic was killed — outside his office in the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica. Vucic has called the killing of Ivanovic, who was seen as a moderate in Serb politics in Kosovo but whose Citizens’ Initiative Party was not backed by the Serbian government in Belgrade, as a “terrorist act.”
Ivanovic’s brother, Miroslav, said the family accepted a proposal to bury him in Belgrade after Serbia’s government offered to have him interred at Novo Groblje’s Alley of Meritorious Citizens, where some of the most important people in Serbian history are buried.
The slain politician’s brother also said that his family has decided to move from Mitrovica to the home of relatives in Belgrade.