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BANJALUKA, NOVEMBER 21 /SRNA/ - President of Republika Srpska Željka Cvijanović stated Thursday in Banjaluka it is important that Srpska institutions do their job and ensure all the necessary conditions for operations of members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs /MIA/.


"There are many security challenges at the local, regional and global level, which is why it is important for the citizens, their property and constitutional structure of Srpska that MIA does its job. It does it, despite those challenges,” Cvijanović told the press, after a church dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel, which is the MIA’s patron saint’s day, was consecrated on the grounds of the MIA Training Centre in Zalužani.

Prime Minister Radovan Višković congratulated all Srpska police officers on their patron saint’s day, stating that Republika Srpska counted on MIA as a pillar of its statehood and security.

"We have worked to preserve this Ministry despite attacks on it whose goal is for it to lose its identity and blend into security authorities at the BiH level. Preserving MIA has proved to be the right solution for Srpska and we expect the police to protect Srpska, its citizens and their property, and make sure everyone in Srpska feels safe," stated Višković.

He announced that MIA would keep receiving material and personnel support in the future too.

Minister of Internal Affairs Dragan Lukač said he was pleased that the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel was consecrated on Thursday on the occasion of the MIA’s eponymous patron saint’s day.

"It is dedicated to all our heroes killed in the 1990s war. A total of 782 of them gave their lives for Srpska, their people and their faith, and this proves that MIA will never forget them," Lukač, the godfather of the church, said.

He added that it was a unique church in the Orthodox world because, apart from icons, it had names and surnames of all fallen MIA members inscribed in its walls.

As part of the MIA patron saint’s day celebration, the church was consecrated by His Grace Jefrem, Bishop of Banjaluka, and a holy liturgy and memorial service were held for the fallen veterans of the Srpska MIA.

The consecration of the memorial church was attended by the Srpska Police Director Darko Ćulum, ministers, members of the National Assembly, Banjaluka Mayor Igor Radojičić, as well as numerous members of MIA, representatives of police forces from Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro, and guests from the public, political and social circles.

A concert of the MIA Police Orchestra has been scheduled for 8.00 p.m. CET at Banski Dvor. /end/dš