Canada and Malaysia congratulate Bosnia’s Independence Day

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We appreciate and welcome all efforts of the Bosnian community in Canada to make Bosnia and Canada better, and we urge them to continue the fight for better Bosnia and Canada, Canadian politicians said in their congratulatory letter.

On the occasion of Bosnia’s Independence Day, Canada and its city of Hamilton fly the Bosnian flag and other symbols in celebration of this day.

A member of Canada’s Parliament and a member of Bosnian-Canadian Friendship GroupBob Bratina congratulated Bosnia’s Independence Day on behalf of the Canadian government.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to offer my best wishes for all Canadians of Bosnian origins, near and far, on this Day of Independence. Members of the Bosnia and Herzegovina community should take pride in the beauty, your culture and your people,” Bratina said.

The Mayor of Hamilton. Fred Eisenberg, also congratulated Bosnia’s Independence Day saying he appreciates the ways on which the Bosnian community in Canada contributed to Canada’s success.

“It is my pleasure to extend best wishes and congratulations on the marking of Bosnia’s Independence Day. This is an important day to celebrate the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia some 27 years ago,” Eisenberg said. “The Bosnian flag from City Hall and the Hamilton Sign will be lit in the national colours.”

He added that this represents a small recognition of their appreciation of the long contribution made by Bosnia to democracy and diversity of the region.”

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad also congratulated Bosnia’s Independence Day saying he believes Bosnia will achieve progress on all fields.

“I am convinced Bosnia will achieve great progress and become an EU member state on the wings of all Bosnians devoted to their country’s progress,” the Prime Minister said.

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Twenty-seven years ago, Bosnia held an independence referendum on which 64 percent of all citizens voted, and 99.44 of them said they supported Bosnia’s independence.

The referendum question said: “Do you support a sovereign and independent Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country of equal citizens and peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina – Muslims, Serbs and Croats as well as members of other peoples who live here?”

The referendum was held on February 29, 1992, and it meant the confirmation of the majority of citizens’ determination for Bosnia’s future. It was also an introduction into a four-year war in Bosnia, and aggression against the country which took over 100,000 lives and left over a million residents displaced.