Balkan Insight, 5.12.2012.
Serbia's ambassador to NATO, Branislav Milinkovic, killed himself in Brussels on Tuesday, for reasons as yet unknown.
Serbian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Milinkovic tragically died but did not provide any details.
According to unconformed media reports, Milinkovic, 52, killed himself at the airport in Brussels by jumping from a parking garage platform in front of Zoran Vujic, Serbia's Deputy Foreign Minister.
"Ambassador Milinkovic was a respected diplomat and lawyer. He served in Vienna and Brussels. He remains in the memory of his colleagues as a skilled diplomat, a versatile scholar and a noble man," the Ministry said in a statement.
Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement that he was "deeply saddened" by the news.
"Ambassador Branislav Milinkovic was a highly respected representative of his country and will be missed at Nato headquarters," Rasmussen said.
Jelena Milic, director of the Belgrade Centre for Euro-Atlantic Studies, CEAS, told Balkan Insight that Milinkovic's death was a great loss for Serbia.
"Ambassador Milinkovic was extremely versed in multilateral diplomacy and committed to active participation of Serbia in the organizations where he represented Serbia," Milic said.
Milinkovic's wife was informed of the news in Dublin and has immediately gone to Brussels. The couple have a six-year-old son.
Milinkovic, a lawyer by training, was appointed Ambassador to NATO in 2009. Earlier, he was a special envoy to NATO. Before that, he was a Permanent Representative to the OSCE and the United Nations.
He is the author of numerous publications on international relations, human rights and security. He was the editor of magazines "International Politics" and "European Legislation".
Serbia is not a member of NATO but joined NATO's Partnership for Peace, PfP, in 2006, signing a co-operation agreement with NATO in which democratic, institutional and defence reforms were key.