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English11/07/2018

GATHERINGS AT THE KRAJINA SQUARE – REPEATED ATTEMPT TO UNITARIZE BiH

 

BANJALUKA, July 11 /SRNA/ - The Serbian Movement of Non-Governmental Associations, SPONA, says that the gathering held on Saturday, July 7 at the Krajina Square in Banjaluka in connection with the death of David Dragicevic clearly showed that this is about a repeated experiment of the IC regarding the making of a multi-ethnic civic model as an introduction to the unitarization of BiH.

 

Dusko Vukotic, the president of the Veterans of Republika Srpska Association told reporters after today’s meeting of SPONA that members of this movement respect all democratic processes organized in keeping with laws and do not react until these events start to jeopardize the foundations of Republika Srpska.

He has said that they refrained from making any statements until this gathering on July 7 at the Krajina Square.

“We absolutely respect the initial motif of seeking justice for the tragic death of David Dragicevic and the well-intentioned attempt of the parents, family, friends and a great number of well-intentioned people to arrive at the truth as soon as possible, but the gathering on July 7 unfortunately showed that the initial goal – seeking justice, was abused by some other players, primarily from the IC. How one can explain the fact that they demand that gatherings aimed at seeking justice for David and Dzenan be held only at the Krajina Square in Banjaluka and only in Banjaluka,” Vukotic has said.

He has asked why no one asks that such gatherings be held in Sarajevo, Tuzla, Bihac…

“This is very obvious for us and gives us the right and a moral obligation to react and say that these are sordid affairs since many political leaders of parties based in the FBiH were seen there,” Vukotic has said.

He has said that Banjaluka is a free city and that Republika Srpska is free, and that because we fought for this freedom we do not have the right to fall for some obvious manipulations.

Vukotic has said that SPONA is against any changes to the names of streets and squares outside the stipulated procedure.

“All SPONA members are particularly disappointed by people who want to change the name of the Krajina Square, the symbol of the city and Republika Srpska, and want to name it after this unfortunate young man. There are 23,000 fallen soldiers, and no one asked that the Krajina Square be named after any of them, taking care not to harm any of them or any of their families since they all laid their lives into the foundations of Republika Srpska. No one has the right to impose any other name for the Square. We must understand and demand others to understand that Republika Srpska is above any individual sacrifice,” Vukotic has said.

He says that it was agreed at today’s 3rd meeting of SPONA that SPONA members will send a request to the Banjaluka City administration to see to it that the law on public gatherings be respected.

“It is known which places in Banjaluka are allowed for public gatherings and which conditions need to be met to organize a public gathering. We are not against democratic processes, but gatherings must be organized in keeping with the law,” Vukotic has said.

He has said that these everyday gatherings are not only disgusting but also rather dangerous. “One cannot fight for justice and law by unlawful actions,” Vukotic has said, calling on the Republika Srpska police and institutions, primarily the District Prosecutor’s Office, to do their job and solve the Dragicevic case.

The deputy president of the Republika Srpska Organization of Families of Captured and Killed Soldiers and Missing Civilians, Veljko Lazic, has said that he is the father of the 20-year-old fallen soldier of the Republika Srpska Army, but this does not give him or other families of fallen Serbian soldiers the right to gather every day and seek justice at the Krajina Square.

“What we, who lost our children in the past war, should have done? How large should the square be for us to gather to seek justice or injustice? I sympathize with the Dragicevic family, but justice cannot be sought this way. Justice is sought in institutions, and if someone is guilty, he should be brought to justice. It doesn't matter at all who is guilty. If I am guilty, I will be brought to justice,” Lazic has said.

He has said that that which is being done at the Krajina Square is not that which was the initial motive – seeking justice for David, but that this is some other sort of justice by those who want to do something in Republika Srpska.

“We will not allow Republika Srpska to disappear. Even if there are 100 Davids, we won’t give our justice and our Republika Srpska,” Lazic has said.

One of the conclusions of today’s meeting is that members of the Serbian Movement of Non-Governmental Associations, SPONA, will work towards constitutional determination of veterans of the patriotic defense war and improving legislation pertaining to the status of veterans, military war invalids, families of fallen soldiers and former prison camp inmates in Srpska.

Lazic says that SPONA should hold meetings more often and work towards resolving problems of veterans.

He has said that this organization has been working since its founding towards finding missing persons in Republika Srpska and that there are 1,670 soldiers and civilians listed as missing in Srpska.

He has said that since the establishment of the BiH Missing Persons Institute in 2008, only 298 mortal remains of Serbs have been discovered, of which number only two have been identified.

“It is interesting that every year prior to July 11 a certain number of Bosniaks are buried in Potocari. We ask why bodies of Serbs went missing in Srebrenica are not found so that their families would be able to bury them with dignity,” Lazic has said.

He has warned that if the search for missing Serbs in BiH continues with this pace, this process will not be completed in 50 years.

The secretary of SPONA, Milan Draljaca, has said that without the constitutional determination of veterans’ categories, veterans will “wander” in the vacuum of solutions to partial issues, which is why this issue needs a systemic solution.

SPONA is comprised of all organizations, alliances and associations that came into being after the patriotic-defense war, except for the Republika Srpska Veterans’ Organization /BORS/, which SPONA members say, left the movement out of reasons known only to them. /end/sg