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Dodik: We pledge to lasting peace, not conflicts and wars

Text: Dušica Stanojević, FENA Photo

DONJA GRADINA, April 26 (FENA) – BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik called today in Donja Gradina to keep the memory of Jasenovac victims, noting that that does not refer to war and conflict, but to peace.

“We come to Donja Gradina to make a vow to lasting peace. We do not come to commit ourselves to new conflicts and wars, but to peace. I believe in awareness of our nations in the region to preserve our precious peace,” said Dodik.

He also thanked Croatian President Zoran Milovanić, who, he said, "has distanced himself from the Ustasha crimes, which shows that the region has strength to overcome the difficult past."

He called for gathering around the idea of European peace at the time of the coronavirus pandemic, which will also have major economic consequences that will need to be addressed.

RS President Željka Cvijanović reminded of the suffering in the Jasenovac concentration camp and emphasized that today we live in freedom and we want all future generations to live without fear of losing that freedom, but to keep the memory of the suffering in Jasenovac.

In addition to BiH officials from the RS entity, the Council of Ministers Chairman Zoran Tegeltija, Head of the EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative Ambassador Johann Sattler, Russian Ambassador to BiH Petr Ivantsov, US Ambassador Eric Nelson attended commemorating ceremony today.

There were no representatives of citizens due to the ban on gathering and protective measures at the time of the coronavirus epidemic.

RS officials said the pandemic of coronavirus prevented Serbian representatives from attending the commemorating ceremony in Donja Gradina, therefore they laid wreaths in Sremska Mitrovica.