Letters of condolences regarding the murder of the Serbian Prime Minister

The Ministry of Finance and Economy has received numerous letters of condolences regarding the murder of the Serbian Prime Minister, Dr. Zoran Djindjic. Political and economic leaders of the world are expressing their revolt and deep sympathies with the Government and the people of Serbia.

Among the many letters of condolences, Mr. Bozidar Djelic, Minister of Finance and Economy in the Government of Serbia, received condolences from:

Pietro Veglio, Executive Director of The World Bank:
«We were profoundly shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic assassination of Prime Minister Djindjic yesterday in Belgrade. Please accept our deepest sympathy and convey our sincere condolences to his family, his colleagues and our close friends in the Serbian Government. He will be sorely missed in this office and among friends of democracy in Serbia and worldwide.
Prime Minister Djindjic was a true leader with great vision and enormous energy. From his student days he relentlessly pursued a dream of developing a democratic, modern and prosperous Serbia despite enormous challenges and clear risks.

The democratic change of October 2000 and impressive advances in economic and institutional reforms during the past two years would not have been possible without his leadership and energy. With Prime Minister Djindjic’s untimely departure, political forces across the democratic front must reintegrate to sustain the reform momentum and complete the development of modern market and democratic institutions.
We stand ready to assist you in an effort to make his dream of modern Serbia come true.
At this difficult time of sorrow, our thoughts and prayers are with Prime Minister Djindjic’s family, friends and the people of Serbia.»

THE WORLD BANK, James D.Wolfensohn
«It is with enormous sadness that I write to convey my condolences upon the tragic assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic today in Belgrade. I am profoundly shocked by this act of violence. Prime Minister Djindjic was a man of great vision whose tireless efforts in support of democratic market reforms in Serbia will be long hearlde. He will bi sorely missed.
Let me assure you that, in this period of terrible tragedy, the World Bank remains firmly committed to its partnership with Serbia and Montenegro. As you know, we have been very impressed with Serbia’s strong reform program and economic management. Over the next few months we hope to be able to finalize new financial support for Serbia’ s programs in social policy, the health and financial sectors and for the privatization program and we are already designing programs of further support in a number of other areas.
Our thoughts are with Minister Djindjic’s family and the people of Serbia. »

Ann Mettler, Director Europe from the World Economic Forum:
«It is with deep sorrow that I have learned of the tragic death of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. In the name of the staff of the World Economic Forum, I wish to express our deepest condolences.Prime Minister Djindjic was not only the main driving force for the future of Serbia and Montenegro, but also a dear and close friend of the World Economic Forum. At this difficult moment for those, like you, closest to him, I wish to reaffirm our full support of the vision that you all share for Serbia and Montenegro and our increased commitment to those working for the future of democracy, peace and progress there.
Kindly also extend my warmest messages of simpathy to Prime Minister Djindjic’s wife and children, his family and colleagues. Our thoughts accompany all of you during these very trying times.»

Jacob Stott, Chairman of Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa «J.P. Morgan plc»:
«With great sadness, I offer the condolences of JPMorgan on the death of your esteemed Prime Minister, Zoran Djindjic. With you, we mourn Serbia’s loss and share its outrage at the senseless violence all too common in today’s world.
Should you feel that JPMorgan could be of any assistance in providing stability or advice during this time, I ask you to please contact me. In the days ahead, we wish you peace and join you in reflecting on the Prime Minister’s legacy of freedom, democracy and growth.»

Board of Directors and Mr. Borivoje Stojadinovic, Acting General Manager of RTB Bor:
«We were deeply shocked to learn of the tragic death of Prime Minister Dr. Zoran Djindjic.
The shooting of the Serbian Prime Minister, was in fact a shoot at the path of Serbian democracy and reforms, RTB Bor included. This even more because of the fact that Dr. Djindjic gave the immeasurable contribution to the restructuring and consolidation program of the RTB Bor. We hereby express our hopes that this act will not stop the economic reforms, whose main strategist was the Prime Minister.
The death of Dr. Zoran Djindjic is irretrievable loss to his family, to the Government of Serbia, to the Republic of Serbia and to the new State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
We condemn the terrorist murder of Dr. Zoran Djindjic.
We hereby express our deepest simpathies to the family of Prime Minister Djindjic, who are most hurt by the murder of their son, husband and father.»

Alan Apter, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley & Co. Limited:
«We would like to express our sympathy with the tragic death of yuour Prime Minister Mr. Zoran Djindjic. Serbia has suffered a great loss and we share your pain.
In this difficult moment, we would like to assure you of Morgan Stanley`s continuing commitment to Serbia. We belive taht this tragic event will only strenghten the Serbian Government`s resolve to continue the reform process and are convinced that this tragedy will net lessen international investrors interest in the Serbian market.
Please accept our deepest condolences.»

Mionica Municipality:
«Citizens of Mionica are devastated by the terrorist murder of the Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, the greatest fighter for the democracy and return of Serbia into the normal life of the Europeans. People of Mionica will keep safe the memory of all the moments during the last decade when Mr Djindjic visited Mionica on several occasions, awakening hope, courage and belief for the better days to come and ending of dictator regime, that pushed us into the wars and isolation.»

Gene Ward, Office of Democracy and Governance USAID:
«The news of the assassination is all so sad, you and your family at the ministry have our deepest sympathies. I hope you and your country carry on the good fight for democracy, and know in the end that right will prevail, and that the Mafia will never rule your beautiful country no matter how hard they try to scare you and the brave people of Serbia.»

Vladimir Janjic, direkctor of PKV a.d. Vranje:
«I was deeply shocked and moved to learn about the murder and death of Serbian Prime Minister, Dr. Zoran Djindjic. This terrible act caused a great loss to both our country and the democratic world, and pushed Serbia several steps backwards. On behalf of my coworkers and workers of the PKV a.d., I hereby express my deepest simpathies to the family of Prime Minister Djindjic, to his coworkers and friends. I believe that democratic forces of Serbia will find the way to overcome the crisis caused by this
terrible act. Personally, and in the name of my coworkers, I promise complete support to the Government of Serbia.»

Gerard Neel, Directeur du Departement Economie et Management Public, SOFRECO:
«Nous avons ete ehtremement touche lorsque hier apres-midi nous avons appris la mort violente du Premier Ministe de la Serbie. Croyez Monsieur le Ministe, que toute notre equipe partage l’emotion et la douleur que peut ressentir son entourage a la suite de cette brutale disparition. Nous savons l’importance qu’on peut attacher aux missions de developpement des systemes de controle financier et de l’unite d’audit interne qui nous ont ete caonfiees sur un financement de l’Agence Europeenne pour la Reconstruction et vous prions de croire que, dans les presentes circonstances, nous mettrons d’autant plus d’energie a mettre en oeuvre le projet dont nous avons la charge. Nous vous prions d’agreer, Monsieur le Ministre, l’expression de notre haute consideration et de notre profond devoument.»

Sudhir Maheshwai, Chief Financial Officer, LNM Holdings N.V:
«My colleagues and I have heard with profound regret of the brutal assasination of your distinguished Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. We are deeply shocked by this unacceptable attacke on the process of democratization and the rule of law in your country. Therefore, we want to extend our deepest condolences to you, the Serbian government, Mr. Djindjic’s family and friends and the people of Serbia. Mr. Djindjic was well known for his courage and enthusiasm to bring democracy, stability, freedom and prosperity to the region and the Serbian people. Mr. Djindjic was a reformer and a true beliver in Serbias privatisation and its road into European Community. In the wake of this horrible attack, we want to reaffirm our interest to help Serbia on its way to democracy and market economy and wat to express our further commitment in the privatisation of the Serbian steel plant Sartid. We truly hope that we can help Serbia pursue its endeavours towards peace building and the reform process.»

Jean-Claude Kunz, President CEMA Region, Philip Morris:
«We at Philip Morris International mourn Serbia’s loss and our thoughts are with you and your people at this time. During our recent meeting we had the opportunity to offer our support for the program of the reforms your country engaged in, led by Prime Minister Djindjic. In these tragic circumstances, we would like to reiterate our support of your stated personal intention of maintaining the pace of reform recognizing, like you, that this is the best way to build on the legacy of the Prime Minister.»

UNITED NATIONS, Liaison Office Belgrade Dr Igor V.Khalevinski, Head:
«On behalf of myself and the United Nations Liaison Office, I offer you and your colleagues in the Cabinet sincere and deepest condolences for the untimely and most tragic death of Serbian Premier Zoran Djindjic. We are indeed shocked and deeply grieved by the ghastly circumstances surrounding his end at such a young age.
Mr. Djindjic will be remembered for his significantly memorable role in toppling the former regime along with the other leaders of the Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS). After 5 October, he set out on the path towards democracy, political and economic reforms and European integration. He was a man of indomitable courage, outstanding capacities, phenomenal organizational skills and visionary ideas. Indeed his premature death is an unspeakably immense loss to Serbia and Montenegro and the region as a whole to which he had given new momentum. He was certainly a leader for the Third Millennium in this part of the world.
You and Government can be rest assured of UNLO and my personal support in this time of grave and acute crisis in carrying forward the work of the Government on the path it has determined to pursue.
I close with my heartfelt sympathies to you.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration and esteem. »

SGT, S.Tsomokos President, advisor for international firms:
«I wish to express my deepest condolences for the untimely loss of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic caused by yesterdays revolting, cowardly and condemnable act of violence.
I truly hope that you and all other capable members of his governments cabinet will uphold the principles for which he stood, and will lead Serbia through these difficult times and into the future she deserves: one of political stability and economic prosperity.»

UNICREDITO ITALIANO, Roberto Nicastro Deputy CEO:
«We have apprehended with utmost despair the terrible news from belgrad. All too often in history great civil resurgences have claimed so dreadful casualties. Please accept and extend to the entire government and the family of Prime Minister Djindjic our deepest condolences.
We are sure that – wilhe it is difficult to imagine anything more brutal than this assassination – nothing can hamper the steady recovery and progressive advancement of your great country towards a peaceful and prosperous future yours sincerely. »

VIVEVENDI Envirement Joachim Bitterlich Directeur Des Affaaires Internationales:
«L’attentat qui vient de frapper votre pays on la personne de M. Djindjic, l’un des represantants les plus emblematiques, nous a vivement emus.
Au travers de notre recente rencontre, nous avions pu mesurer au travers de vow propos, combien le charisme et l’ouverture de M. Djindjic, alliant la fermete a une vraie connaissance de la realite serbe, etait, pur les membres de son gouvernement, une source de motivation pur leur engagement quotidien.
Dans les tragiques circonstances que traverse votre pays, nous souhaitons, au nom de notre groupe, vous assurer de toute notre sympathie.
Nous somme persuades que l’epreuve que vous rencontres ne fera que renforeer votre determination et celle de vos collegues au gouvernement de Serbie, a une democratie plus forte et plus prospere dans votre pays.
En vous assurant de nos condoleances sinceres et attristees, nous vous prions de croire, Monsieur le Ministre, a notre consideration distinguee. »

James Fisfis, IRI Director of the program for Serbia:
«In the name of the employees of the International Republican Institute – IRI, from the Belgrade office, I wish to express our sincere condolences upon the tragical death of the Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic.
We believe that you will proceed conduction of the reforms, necessary for democratization of Serbia, and in this way create prosperous future for all its citizens.
Lots of unwanted difficulties are in head of you in the couple of next weeks. You may need our help more than ever. We are at your disposal and we will do our best to help your endeavors in further progress of the reforms essential for Serbia.
Once again, we offer sincere condolences upon the huge loss of Serbia. »

Municipal Novi Pazar – Serbia and Montenegro, Vasvija Gusinac, President:
«We were deeply moved by the outraged murder of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, for it is irrecoverable loss for his family, our state and the whole democratic world.
On behalf of the citizens and in my personal name, please accept our sincere sympathy.
As for us, we hopefully believe that the tragic death of Zoran Djindjic will not endanger the course of the reforms, that he started together with you, and that you will have the necessary support of your team and institutions to carry on the reforms, so we could soon officially become the member of the European institutions and the part, which is our right, of the democratic world. »

V.Marinkovic, General Director of the REKORD Manufacturer of rubber products:
«News on tragically deceived Serbia’s Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, echoed sorely among the employees of the Record factory. Pleas accept our deepest sympathies on behalf of the workers and the management of the factory. Workers and the management of the factory are fully supporting all the measurements undertaken by the government and we are ready to contribute to the sanitation of the present state of our country, after this senseless act took place.
We are convinced that Serbia’s Government and all the public institutions will do their best so that main actors of this criminal act are found and brought to the face of justice.

Management and workers of the Record factory are ready to provide full support to the implementation of the economic reforms in the country and the process of democratization as citizens of Serbia. »

Pol Roland, NDI Director of program for Serbia:
«In the name of the National Democratic Institute I wish to express my deepest condolences upon the tragic death of Zoran Djindjic. His death is a huge loss for all the citizens of Serbia and worldwide.
Zoran Djindjic was an enthusiastic proponent of the democratic changes in Serbia. His tremendous efforts during the democratic revolution when overthrowing the regime of Milosevic in the course of the year 2000 will be annotated in the history and remembered by the freedom fighters all over the world.
His death is a huge loss for all of us.
Although this tragedy represents hard moment in the transition process, we are sure that you will follow the path of concreting the vision, you shared with the Prime Minister Djindjic. That is the vision of Serbia as a free and developed society with the strong democratic institutions.
Our institute works as closely with democratic institutions, as with persons like you are. Those institutions are significantly stronger during the last two and a half years, thanks to the Prime Minister Djindjic and his college’s efforts. The significant of these changes cannot be diminished.
The next two weeks represent the probation for the young democrats in Serbia. We know that thousands of people who act in the name of the reform movement in Serbia, along with you, will work hard to preserve stability in the country.
More then ever NDI is here to support you in these hard times. »

Srba Ilic, owner and the President of „Uniworld“ company:
«Allow me to express my deepest condolences upon the sudden and tragic death of Mr Zoran Djindjic the Prime Minister. His tragic death is a huge loss for Serbia, but I am convinced that positive democratic process in Serbia will not stop. We are caring on with our plans to invest in Serbia. That includes our intention to buy Putnik and transform it into the leading Europe tourist company that will attrack foreign tourists in Serbia. Putnik will be established as the first float of the luxurious cruising ships on the Danube River. We hope that the other foreign investors will follow our example and proceed decisively with their plans for investing in Serbia, because in this moment that would be the best support to you, Serbian Government and the people of Serbia.»

Sudhir Maheshwari, Chief Financial Officer LNM Holdings n.v.:
«My colleagues and I have heard with profound regret of the brutal assassination of your distinguished Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. We are deeply shocked by this unacceptable attack on the process of democratisation and the rule of law in your country.
Therefore, we want to extend our deepest condolences to you, the Serbian government, Mr. Djindic,s family and friends and the people of Serbia. Mr Djindjic was well known for his courage and enthusiasm to bring democracy, stability, freedom and prosperity to the region and the Serbian people. Mr. Djindjic was a reformer and a true believer in Serbia,s privatisation and it,s road into the European Community.
In the wake of this horrible attack, we want to reaffirm our interest to help Serbia on its way to democracy and market economy and want to express our further commitment in the privatisation of the Serbian steel plant Sartid. We truly hope that we can help Serbia to further pursue its endeavours towards peace building and the reform process. »

Alan Apter, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, London:
We would like to express our sympathy with the tragic death of your Prime Minister Mr. Zoran Djindjic. Serbia has suffered a great loss and we share your pain

In this difficult moment, we would like to assure you of Morgan Stanley’s continuing commitment to Serbia. We believe that this tragic event will only strengthen the Serbian Government’s resolve to continue the reform process and are convinced that this tragedy will not lessen international investors’ interest in the Serbian market.
Please accept our deepest condolences