The Serbian and Republic of Srpska governments adopt Declaration on Protection of National and Political Rights

On Saturday, the governments of Serbia and the Republic of Srpska unanimously adopted the Declaration on the Protection of National and Political Rights and the Joint Future of the Serb People during a joint session at the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, as part of the All Serb Gathering.

Before the adoption of the declaration, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated that the document addresses Kosovo and Metohija, the respect for United Nations Resolution 1244, as well as dialogue and adherence to agreements.

Vucic underlined that the declaration „does not mention the dissolution of the Republic of Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina“.

„I won’t intrude on your decisions, I only ask that you think a million times about how much we all need peace“, Vucic said at the joint session of the two governments.

He stated that Serbia „will never abandon the Republic of Srpska“.

„My only plea to you is to attempt to resolve all problems peacefully and in dialogue with all other peoples (in Bosnia and Herzegovina), in accordance with the Dayton Agreement“, noted Vucic said.

President of the Republic of Srpska, Milorad Dodik, stated that the declaration is a national document that rehabilitates Serbian national interests, emphasizing that Serbian national and state interests have no alternative.

According to him, the declaration encompasses all important aspects of Serbia and the Republic of Srpska relations, including the decision for Srpska to mark February 15 as the Day of the Republic of Srpska, while January 9 will be celebrated as the Day of the Establishment of the Republic of Srpska (RS).

The declaration will be forwarded to the parliaments of Serbia and RS for adoption.

The All-Serb Assembly was held in Belgrade, under the slogan “One Nation, One Gathering – Serbia, Srpska” and included thousands of Bosnian Serbs and those who travelled to the Serbian capital, Belgrade, from neighbouring countries including Montenegro and North Macedonia.

The rally on Saturday included prayers by the dignitaries of the Serbian Orthodox Church and folk dancing and carried the main message that Serbs, wherever they live, are one people striving for the same goals.

(Voice of America, 09.06.2024)

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