Supporters and family of former Yugoslav President and war crimes defendant Slobodan Milosevic, want him to be buried with full state honours in the ‘Avenue of Heroes’ section of Belgrade’s main cemetery.
The current Serbian government rejects this as “absolutely inappropriate” and Belgrade’s mayor Nenad Bogdanovic said he would not authorise burial in that section, which is reserved for distinguished citizens.
The issue could provoke a constitutional crisis, as Milosevic’s Socialist Party has threatened to withdraw from the ruling coalition, though they have conceded he could be buried in his birthplace, Pozarevac, 50 kilometres east of Belgrade
On the streets of the capital opinion is mixed. One man said:“It’s a private matter for the family, if they want him buried in Belgrade, why not? “
But another was strongly against the idea: “He should be buried in Moscow or his place of birth, but not Belgrade and not in the ‘Avenue of Heroes’ as he doesn’t deserve that and we don’t want his supporters gathering there.”
Another contentious issue is whether Milosevic’s widow should be allowed to return to Serbia for the funeral .. from Russia where she lives in exile. She faces arrest on corruption charges if she does.