Brussels -

Officials say Serbia's ambassador to Nato committed suicide by leaping from a busy parking garage platform at Brussels airport.

A Serbian government statement said on Wednesday that the envoy, Branislav Milinkovic, 52, died instantly on Tuesday night.

A diplomat who could not be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media said Milinkovic suddenly jumped from the 8- to 10-metre-high platform while waiting with the Serbian delegation for foreign ministry officials due to hold talks with Nato officials.

Serbia is not a member of the military alliance, but has a mission in the headquarters complex. Milinkovic, a former journalist, previously served as Serbia's ambassador to Austria.

The death occurred during two days of meetings of Nato foreign ministers in Brussels. - Sapa-AP