Socialist International Condemns Assassination of Zoran Djindjic

12 March 2003

The Socialist International condemns the murder today in Belgrade of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, who was a principal figure in the democratic revolt against the former Milosevic regime.

Djindjic, the leader of the Democratic Party in Serbia, was a good friend of social democracy with a strong commitment to the values of our movement, not only in his own country but throughout the region, and he and members of his party often contributed to the work of the International.

His government gained respect for its cooperation with the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, particularly with regard to the arrest and extradition of Milosevic, and it has made significant efforts against organised crime in Serbia.

The Socialist International calls for every effort, both within Serbia and internationally, to ensure the democratic stability of the country at this difficult moment, and to find the perpetrators and all those involved in this horrible act and to bring them to justice.