Serbian NATO ambassador jumps to death


NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen gives a press conference on the second day of the NATO Foreign Affairs ministers meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 5, 2012.


John Thys

Serbia's ambassador to NATO Branislav Milinkovic jumped to his death from a parking garage in Brussels on Tuesday night, and no one knows why.

"We are shocked and we are investigating all circumstances," an anonymous Serbian Foreign Ministry official told Reuters. "We have no clues about what could prompt Milinkovic to do that. He was a good man."

The Associated Press spoke to three diplomats who knew Milinkovic. They said the Serbian ambassador seemed fine and went about his work as usual on Tuesday

Milinkovic seemed "completely normal, talking to journalists in the corridors of NATO," a Serbian journalist told AFP news.

"NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he was deeply saddened by the tragic death of the Serbian ambassador," NATO representative Carmen Romero said. "Milinkovic was a highly respected representative of his country and will be missed at NATO headquarters."

Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said Milinkovic's death was clearly a suicide.

"Belgian police are investigating, but it's obviously a suicide. It's hard to figure out the motives or causes," he said, according to the AP.

Am investigator from the Brussels prosecutor's office told Reuters it was a suicide.

"We can be sure that it was a suicide, therefore we are not investigating any further."