Murder of Dimitrije Janicijevic

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 16, 2014

The United States joins the Government of Kosovo and our international partners in condemning last night’s murder of Dimitrije Janicijevic, former mayoral candidate and newly elected municipal assembly member in Mitrovica North.

We extend our condolences to the Janicijevic family and call on Kosovo’s authorities to pursue a thorough, expeditious investigation and to bring those responsible to justice.

The United States underscores its enduring support for both Kosovo and Serbia in fully implementing the EU-facilitated April 19 agreement on normalization of relations—including establishing legitimate, democratic, and effective institutions and strengthening rule of law in northern Kosovo—in order to grant the people living there a better future. Violence and intimidation have no place in the political process and only hinder these aspirations.

We urge all communities and political parties in Kosovo to work together to defuse tensions and respect the democratic will of the people.