Wednesday, October 10, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (October 10,2007) – The Bosnian President Zeljko Komsic met with Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the former Polish Prime Minister and UN Human Rights Commission Reporter, in Sarajevo.

Komsic thanked Mazowiecki for all he has done for the benefit of Bosnia and its citizens. He described him as a proven friend who has contributed immensely to the protection of truth in the past war events in Bosnia. He also congratulated him on receiving an honorary doctorate at the University of Tuzla and stressed the people such as Mazowiecki, who remain honourable and honest in difficult times, are rare.

“Time is doing its thinks, things fade out of memory, people fall to oblivion, but the people of Bosnia will never forget you, because there are many who appreciate what you have done for Bosnia and its citizens. You are therefore welcome in Bosnia and you can count on having true friends here”, President Komsic said.

Mazowiecki presented to Komsic a book titled “Reports 1992-1995”, which is a result of his visits to concentration camps during the 1992-1995 Serbian,Montenegrin and Croatian aggressions against Bosnia.

He expressed hope that it will prove useful on the road to reconciliation and truth and stressed that he is not pessimistic about the future of Bosnia and its accession to NATO and the European Union.

“The speed at which you will achieve this depends primarily on Bosnia's politicians”, Mazowiecki said.

Komsic said that truth, the truth about what happened during the war and the truth about us is the only path towards healthy relations in Bosnia. He added that the role of Mazowiecki is very important for all those who think that truth is the correct medicine.He stressed that the lack of communication between politicians, intellectuals and the religious elite is a big problem in Bosnia today.

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