Vladislav Jovanović

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Vladislav Jovanović
Владислав Јовановић
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Head of the Mission of Yugoslavia to the United Nations
In office
Succeeded by Dejan Šahović
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Yugoslavia
In office
4 March 1993 – 15 August 1995
Preceded by Ilija Djukic
Succeeded by Milan Milutinović
In office
15 Јuly 1992 – 30 September 1992
Preceded by Milivoje Maksić (Acting)
Succeeded by Ilija Djukic
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia
In office
30 September 1992 – 4 March 1993
In office
31 July 1991 – 14 July 1992
Preceded by Branko Mikašinović
Succeeded by Post abolished
Personal details
Born (1933-06-09) 9 June 1933 (age 83)
Žitni Potok, Serbia, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Political party Socialist Party of Serbia
Spouse(s) Mirjana Jovanović
Residence Belgrade, Serbia
Alma mater LLB of Univ. of Belgrade Fac. of Law
Profession Diplomat

Vladislav Jovanović (Serbian: Владислав Јовановић; born 9 June 1933 in Žitni Potok, Serbia, Kingdom of Yugoslavia) is a Serbian diplomat who was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Yugoslavia.


Jovanović was born in Žitni Potok, Serbia in 1933 to Milorad Jovanović and Dragica Jovanović, née Petković, both of whom were teachers. He completed his high school studies in Belgrade in 1951. After that, he graduated from University of Belgrade Faculty of Law.


Jovanović was a career diplomat with more than 40 years experience in the diplomatic corps of Yugoslavia. He started his career in Yugoslav Ministry of Foreign Affairs back in 1957. Shortly afterwards, he worked as an officer to Yugoslav Embassy in Brussels, Belgium from 1960 to 1964 before taking a position in the Ministry again from 1964 to 1967.

Jovanović was the Second Secretary in Yugoslav Embassy in Ankara, Turkey from 1967 to 1971 and Advisor in Yugoslav Embassy in London, United Kingdom from 1975 to 1979 before becoming Head of Directorate for Western Europe in Yugoslav Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 1 July 1980.

From 13 November 1985, Vladislav Jovanović served as Yugoslav Ambassador to Turkey until 1989. After that, he was Ambassador in Ministry of Foreign Affairs before being appointed to the position of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.[1]

Following Milošević's overthrow from 5 October 2000, Jovanović was dismissed from the position of the Head of the Mission of Yugoslavia to the United Nations in New York City. He returned to Belgrade and retired from active diplomatic service.

Jovanović took a stand at the trial of Slobodan Milošević at the Hague Tribunal on 14 February 2005, testifying for the defence.[2]

Occasionally, Jovanović gives interviews to the media criticizing the Western Governments for their politics towards Serbia. Commenting on the incidents in North Kosovo in 2011, Jovanović said: "It should be clear to the West that their policies of arrogantly ignoring Serbian interests will not hold Serbia by their side.[3] Similarly, in an interview on 26 September 2011 he stated that regarding Kosovo, Serbia did not use its strongest trump card yet - to stop with policies of approaching Euro Atlantic structures, which should have been done long time ago, but even now is not too late.[4]

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Government offices
Preceded by
Milivoje Maksić (Acting)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1992 – 1992
Succeeded by
Ilija Djukic
Preceded by
Ilija Djukic
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1993 – 1995
Succeeded by
Milan Milutinović