“Hundreds of mourners came to Belgrade’s central cemetery on Thursday to attend the funeral of a Kosovo Serb leader whose killing stoked tensions between Serbia and its former province of Kosovo. Oliver Ivanovic, 64, was shot six times on Tuesday as he arrived at his party office in Mitrovica, a Kosovo town bitterly divided between majority ethnic Albanians and minority Serbs. Ivanovic had been facing a retrial over killings of ethnic Albanians during Kosovo’s 1998-99 guerrilla uprising against repressive Serbian rule. His body was brought by car to Serbia’s capital, 420 km (260 miles) north of Mitrovica, escorted by mourners. The best among Kosovo Serbs was slain and the damage cannot be undone. This death will haunt us politically,’ said Nevenka Medic, a Mitrovica Serb, clutching a red rose to place on Ivanovic’s grave.” (Reuters)

“Serbia’s president on Saturday pledged to help build a lasting peace in Kosovo days after the killing this week of a moderate Kosovo Serb politician fueled fears of instability in the Balkans. Amid tight security, Aleksandar Vucic paid a visit to Kosovo that officials said was designed to ease concerns among Kosovo Serbs following the slaying Tuesday of one of their leading politicians, Oliver Ivanovic. Waving Serbian flags, hundreds of people cheered Vucic as he arrived in the Serb-dominated, northern part of the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Serbia has refused to recognize the statehood of the majority ethnic Albanian Kosovo and maintains strong influence in Serb-populated areas, mostly in the north. Upon arrival, Vucic first visited an Orthodox Serbian monastery before laying a wreath at the site of the attack on Ivanovic in the divided town of Mitrovica. ‘Serbia not only wants peace, but will do its best to preserve it,’ Vucic said in Banjska. ‘We will do all we can to solve decades- and centuries-old disputes, to secure a lasting peace and security for each (ethnic) Albanian and Serbian family.'” (Washington Post)

“Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Nebojša Stefanović, Ambassador of Norway in Belgrade Arne Sanes Bjørnestad and Head of the United Nations Office for Project Services in Serbia Grem Tindal signed today in Belgrade a memorandum of understanding for the implementation of the project ‘Support of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Internal Affairs.’ Stefanovic said that the donation of the Kingdom of Norway from 1.7 million euros ($2.08 million) to enable the strengthening of the capacity of the criminal police in digital forensics, as well as the storage and destruction of confiscated narcotics.” (translated from Vecernji Novosti)