Commenting on the murder of North Mitrovica assemblyman and Independent Liberal Party candidate for North Mitrovica Mayor Dimitrije Janićijevića, the President of the ALDE Party Sir Graham Watson MEP said:
“The ALDE Party strongly condemns this horrendous act which took place in the early hours on Thursday 16 January outside Mr Janićijević's home. First and foremost, this is a tragedy for his family and his close ones. We hereby extend our deepest condolences to them."
"The assassination of Mr Janićijević is at the same time an attempted shot at the rule of law in the north of Kosovo by a small and criminal group whose interests are tied to the legal vacuum which persisted in the north of Kosovo for years. We call on all competent authorities and relevant actors to swiftly bring the executioners and organizers of this crime to justice. The very position of the Serbian community in Kosovo can only be weakened by acts of violence. The establishment of the rule of law and normal life in the north of Kosovo cannot be stopped.”