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Komšić: BiH was never just given to us but we have fought for it

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SARAJEVO, November 24 (FENA) - Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Željko Komšić said that on the occasion of marking November 25, the Statehood Day of Bosnia and Herzegovina, one should remember the first session of the National Anti-Fascist Council of People's Liberation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ZAVNOBiH) held in Mrkonjić-Grad.

Komšić: BiH was not given away, it was won

"The statehood of Bosnia and Herzegovina was renewed in the conditions of fascist occupation and terror of domestic quislings who were carried away by great-power and nationalist ideas and programs. Unfortunately, they have not been defeated yet, and even today they continue with their policies of sowing hatred and the policy of destroying BiH as a state," he said.

He claims that 78 years ago, at the first session of ZAVNOBiH, these policies suffered a political and, somewhat later, military defeat.

"What we are witnessing today is precisely the attack on the institutions of the state. The attacks come precisely from those policies that were suspended by ZAVNOBiH during the aggression against the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the part of the territory they controlled. First, they suspended it as a value by committing crimes against the state and its citizens, and then officially through the documents they passed," he pointed out.

However, he believes that this was not accidental.

"Only an assembly which even then, like some try today, aimed to place itself above the state and to disempower it from such a position with the aim of destroying it, could declare invalid the principles of anti-fascism woven into the foundations of the BiH statehood. The historical assessment of such a policy was given by the judgments of international courts. However, the verdicts only establish the facts and nothing more. It is up to us who are loyal to the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina to learn lessons," he said.

Komšić points out that we did not learn the lessons, because we have been brought before the same challenges.

He believes that there is no justification for the continuous undermining of the state institutions and that anyone who tries to relativize or justify such actions does not do good to this state.

"The enemies of this state must know that by continuing the attack on its institutions, they risk everything, and they will not gain anything," Komšić asserted.

"Even this kind of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which according to the Dayton Constitution continues its state-legal continuity, was not given to us, we have fought for it. That is why we must never lose sight of the following: whatever attacks on the state and its institutions are carried out, or whatever solutions on the definitive ethnic division of the state are offered, none of this will happen if we do not give up our on our own country," Komšić underlined. 

- The fate of our state is not in the hands of those we know too often to ask for help, but in the hands of us who live here and who will stay with it no matter what happens. Being with one's state, unreservedly and without calculation is a matter of one's own dignity and that is what can never be taken away from us - Komšić underlined.