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DOBOJ, September 9 /SRNA/ - President of Republika Srpska Željka Cvijanović stated on Monday the gravity of the crimes committed at Vozuća in 1995 must not be forgotten and that it is important to keep the memory of the victims and celebrate freedom.


"Many people in the other entity who engaged in politics and still do were directly associated to everything that was done there, the grave crimes and what the so-called Army of BiH did, including the engagement of the Mujahideen,” Cvijanović told the press in Doboj ahead of the start of the formal ceremony “Exodus and Persistence” - a reminder of war events in Vozuća and the ethnic cleansing of more than 40,000 Serbs from Zenica, Žepče, Banovići, and Zavidovići.

She noted that the Mujahideen brutally and feverishly killed Serbs there and were known for beheading people, but that, unfortunately, no one in the world was paying attention to that.

Cvijanović stated that atrocities due to which Serbs from Vozuća had to leave the area had given them new strength to integrate into other local communities and contribute to their development, most frequently in Doboj.

She emphasised that the people in the area was terrorised in 1995, that more than 30 villages were burnt to the ground, that around 2,000 people were expelled from their homes, and that many civilians and fighters were killed.

"We, the people who lived close to that area then, were telling stories about the courage, as well as the hardships that the people of Vozuća were going through,” added Cvijanović.

Cvijanović voiced her support to the Association of Zavidovići Natives seated in Doboj, which is hosting the “Exodus and Persistence” - a reminder of war events in Vozuća. The event is also attended by the Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik.

"It is important to celebrate freedom, to celebrate Republika Srpska, and show in this way as well that we have survived and that we can build the future together,” said Cvijanović. /end/dš