Statement of International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) on murder of Oliver Ivanovic

17 January 2018

International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) is extremely saddened by the news about the murder of the head of the civil initiative “Freedom, Democracy, Justice”, Oliver Ivanovic that happened on 16 January 2018 in the city of Kosovska Mitrovica. IFSPD condemns this terrible criminal act and expresses his condolences to the family and relatives of the deceased.

This murder is another sad reminder of the consequences of separatism and disintegration that began in Kosovo in the 1990s, and is detrimental to the peacekeeping activities of the international community on international reconciliation in Kosovo. Since any manifestation of signs of separatism and terrorism throughout the world directly violates the generally accepted norms and principles of international law such as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states and thereby causes instability, the formation of various groups engaged in organized crime, smuggling, illegal arms and human organs trade and illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and substances, the flow of emigrants and refugees. In this regard, the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development expresses hope that restraint and tranquility will be manifested on the spot in order to prevent escalation of the situation in the region.

International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development calls upon all parties involved, firstly the representative offices of international organizations in Kosovo, to contribute to a prompt and effective investigation of the above-mentioned crime in order to identify criminals and bring them to justice.