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The President of the Republic in Srebrenica: "Conciliation and a clear European perspective are important for the peaceful future of Bosnia and Herzegovina."

Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10. 7. 2015 | press release, speech

Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia, who will attend the commemorative ceremony on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide tomorrow as one of the keynote speakers, arrived in Srebrenica today to spend the day with the local people. He was met by Ćamil Duraković, Mayor of the Municipality of Srebrenica, and Munira Šubašić, President of the Association of the Mothers of Srebrenica, at the Potočari Memorial Centre.

Together with the representatives of the Association of the Mothers of Srebrenica, President Pahor laid a wreath in the Potočari Memorial Centre and visited the memorial wall which bears the names of the genocide victims. In a sincere discussion, Tada Hotić, member of the Association, expressed a great desire for the integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina into the European family, as this would help to preserve their culture, customs and history and enable young people to have a better future. President Pahor stated that the events in Srebrenica must never be forgotten and that the courage to attain conciliation and a clear European perspective is required for the peaceful future of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Political dialogue and regional cooperation are vital for the latter, which are fundamental contents of the regional initiative, the Brdo–Brijuni Process.

In the press release, President Pahor repeated the significance of the European perspective for Bosnia and Herzegovina. "The European perspective is the first condition for peace. The second ones, even harder, are forgiveness and conciliation. These are more difficult because they require a great deal of courage to establish their trust. But trust is insufficient just now; at least, not to ensure the unity necessary for the realisation of the European perspective. To ensure a better future, we must help one another," said the President of the Republic of Slovenia.

Later in the day, the Slovenian President will meet the citizens of Srebrenica and its surrounding area, and he will pay special attention to projects enabling people to return to their homes and children to enjoy a carefree childhood.