Bosnia and Herzegovina, which declared its independence after the referendum held with the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia, is marking its 31st independence anniversary with a series of celebrations held across the country.
The first celebration took place in the country, which gained independence after the referendum held in Bosnia and Herzegovina on February 29 and March 1, 1992, with the hoisting of the flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Mount Hum in the capital, Sarajevo.
Independence Day celebrations attended by Denis Beserović, Bosnian member of the Bosnian Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Zeljko Komcic, Croatian member of the Council, continued with the laying of flowers at the tomb of the first President of independent Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegović, at the Kovači Cemetery.
In his statement at the Kovaci cemetery, Bešerović noted that today is one of the most important days in the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina and said, “Why is it important? Because today, the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina held their democratic elections and Bosnia and Herzegovina was recognized by the whole of Europe and the world.” He said.
Regarding those who deny Independence Day, Bešerović said: “Sooner or later, Bosnia and Herzegovina and its national holidays will be respected by everyone. Those who drag Bosnia and Herzegovina into discrimination and division are doomed to defeat.” He said.
A ceremony was held at the Undying Fire Monument in the capital on the occasion of Independence Day, which is considered one of the two most important national holidays in the country.
Comsek also made a statement at the Never Ending Fire Memorial, recalling that the war with genocide began in Bosnia and Herzegovina immediately after the independence referendum, and said: “The generation, myself included, struggled to defend this country. The younger generation must pass on this country to a better place.” He rated it.
Independence Day was celebrated with various celebrations in the cities of Srebrenica and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Meanwhile, March 1 Independence Day is celebrated as a national holiday in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBIH), one of the two entities in the country, while it is not considered a national holiday in the Republika Srpska (RS) entity, where the Serb population is concentrated.
After Slovenia and Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina gained its independence through the referendum held on February 29 – March 1, 1992, when the former Yugoslavia began to disintegrate.
There was a 63.6% turnout in the nationwide referendum, which was boycotted by the majority of Serbs, and a 99.7% “yes” vote for independence was used.
Immediately after the declaration of independence, the Bosnian war began, which lasted 3.5 years, and many massacres, rapes and genocides took place.
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