Kosovo police officers secure the area where the leading Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was killed in a brazen drive-by shooting in Mitrovica on January 16, 2018. / AFP / Armend NIMANI
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A leading Serb politician in northern Kosovo was gunned down Tuesday morning, an attack that raised ethnic tensions in the Balkans and prompted the suspension of EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia.Ivanovic, who was married with three children, had enemies both among Kosovo Albanians and nationalist Serbs because of his moderate policies.A Kosovo court had convicted Ivanovic of war crimes during the 1998-99 war. Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said the killing is threatening the stability of both the Serb-populated northern Kosovo and the whole Balkan region.European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo to express the EU's condemnation of the killing.
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