Bosniak officials and veterans mark Martyrs’ Day in Sarajevo (PHOTO)

NEWS 03.05.2022 16:24
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Source: Foto: Nihad Ibrahimkadic/Anadolija

Bosniaks marked the Martyrs' Day on the second day of Eid-al-Fitr and many Bosniak officials, including Presidency Chairman, Sefik Dzaferovic, together with relatives of fallen Bosnian soldiers and representatives of veterans' organisations, attended a gathering at the Kovaci Martyrs' Memorial Cemetery in Sarajevo on Tuesday.

Among those present were also Deputy House of Peoples Chairman, Bakir Izetbegovic, and the head of the Islamic Community in the country, Husein Kavazovic.
The officials, many of them representatives of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA), laid wreaths at the grave of the first president of the then Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegovic.

“We will always remember because those who do not remember risk oblivion, and oblivion risks evil repeating. We will never allow what happened to Bosnia and Herzegovina to happen again. Our honourable fight to defend BiH from aggression is a great message for everyone in BiH and around the world. Bosnia and Herzegovina has always had sons and daughters of patriots who were ready to defend it. She had it in 1992 and she will always have it. This is a fact and a message for all those who have different intentions toward BiH. Bosnia and Herzegovina will always defend and defend itself,” Dzaferovic said.

Dzaferovic also stressed the importance of the work and judgments of international courts for the history of BiH.

“For the first time in history, those most responsible for the aggression on BiH, genocide and mass crimes were held accountable before the Hague Criminal Tribunal, and Serbia was declared responsible for not preventing genocide before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. These are two facts, the readiness to defend Bosnia and Herzegovina and the truth established before the Hague Tribunal and the sentences handed down by the tribunal. These are facts that are important for the overall future of BiH,” he said.

“Anyone who thinks of attacking Bosnia and Herzegovina will face fierce resistance from those of us who are ready to defend Bosnia and Herzegovina, and they will end up like those from 1992, that is, at the Hague Tribunal and the dump of history,” Dzaferovic added.

On January 23, 1995, the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina decided that the second day of Eid al-Fitr will be marked as the Day of Martyrs – the day of remembrance for all those who gave their lives for Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992-1995 war for independence from Yugoslavia.

This day is marked by visiting martyrdom graves, visiting martyrs’ families, praying for all the martyrs and recalling of their sacrifice.

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