Milosevic was widely blamed for instigating the Balkan wars that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia, conflicts that claimed more than 100,000 lives and left millions homeless.
At NATO, Mr. Milinkovic worked to foster closer ties with the representatives of all five other nations that gained independence after the bloody 1991 breakup of the former Yugoslav federation into Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia.
Relations were still a politically charged when Mr. Milinkovic first arrived in Brussels, but they since have improved drastically, and it is now routine for envoys to exchange information or provide other assistance.
Two months ago, when Croatia’s ambassador to NATO was transferred to Moscow, Mr. Milinkovic organized a dinner for all five of his counterparts, at which a band played music from all parts of the former federation.
He is survived by his wife and son.
Dusan Stojanovic reported from Belgrade, Serbia.
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