Mayor Komšić and Deputy Mayor Skaka received the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to BiH

The Mayor of Sarajevo Ivo Komšić and his Deputy Abdulah Skaka received an introductory visit from the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Haldun Koç. The Mayor wished the Ambassador a successful mandate in Bosnia and Herzegovina and expressed his desire for the good cooperation between Bosnia and Turkey and their cities to continue. Ambassador Koç thanked the City officials on their cordial welcome, stressing the support and solidarity shown by the City of Sarajevo during the attempted military coup in Turkey on the night of July 15.

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During the meeting, the emphasis was put on the cooperation between the two countries in generating climate that would result in joint projects at the local level

Mayor Komšić thanked the Republic of Turkey and the City of Erzurum for showing their sincere friendship and taking over the hosting of the European Youth Olympic Festival 2017.

 

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Presentation Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Development of the Sarajevo Information Centre of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

The Memorandum of Understanding between the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the City of Sarajevo was presented today at the Hall of Ceremonies in the Sarajevo City Hall in the presence of many media representatives.

The Memorandum will be the basis for the establishment of the Sarajevo Information Centre, which will provide updated, direct and secure electronic access to the public records of the ICTY and archive materials contained in online data basis of the ICTY. The Centre will also have educational, research, museum, archive and publishing purposes.

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After greeting the guests the Mayor of Sarajevo Ivo Komšić said that through the establishment of this centre, the City of Sarajevo intends to give a tangible contribution to facing up to the past, peace building and reconciliation.

„This is a historical moment for our city and country because we will be getting one of the most important archives, enabling us to establish the truth about the events which took place in the 1990s. Without that truth we cannot build peace and stability of our country that is to say better future“ said Mayor Komšić.

The Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Mr. Fausto Pocar stressed the importance of today’s event.

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“There is still a lot of work to be done until the Centre is established, but the important thing is that the materials which were gathered for twenty years will be accessible to the public, and not just to researchers and historians”, said Pocar, adding that people who were directly affected by the war will have access to the records and be able to see not just the actual final judgements from the material, but also the memories and testimonies of people talking about the truth and what had really happened.”

Judge Pocar said that for now this will be the only centre, however the idea is to open several similar centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region – Croatia and Serbia. He also said that one centre will be opened in Srebrenica.

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The spokesman of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Nenad Golčevski said that the users of the first Information Centre, which will be established in Sarajevo, will have access to over 400 000 documents from court cases tried before the Tribunal.

 

“Those records are a direct testimony of the crimes and they include more than 3 000 video footage made at the time the crimes were committed. They also contain photographs made at that time, artefacts, items found at the crime scenes, mass graves etc.” stressed Golčevski.

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Sister City Agreement between Sarajevo and Tehran

The Mayor of Sarajevo Ivo Komšić and Mayor of Tehran Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf signed the Sister City Agreement between Sarajevo and Tehran in the capital city of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Namely, at its 43rd session held on October 26, 2016, the Sarajevo City Council adopted the Decision Establishing cooperation between Sarajevo and Tehran. The Agreement was signed with the aim to promote and strengthen friendly ties between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and establish and expand cooperation between the capital cities of the two countries.

According to plan the two cities will exchange experiences and information in the field of culture, tourism, urbanism and architecture, administration of city infrastructure, traffic and environmental protection.

„The signing of this Agreement is a confirmation of the traditional friendship and ties between Tehran and Sarajevo. Based on that agreement both parties express their readiness to take a more active role in expanding cultural, scientific and trade relations“, said Mayor Komšić.

„In our capacities as mayors of Tehran and Sarajevo we are engaged in creating good mutual ties and relations between the two countries Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina and the two cities Tehran and Sarajevo. Actually, the message of sister city relations consists of both the elements of cultural exchange and the aim of promotion of urban management and quality of life of citizens of both cities“ said Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf.

On this occasion Mayor Komšić met with prominent personalities from different fields, the President of the Islamic City Council Mehdi Chamran and Deputy of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, H.E. Ambassador Morteza Rahmani Movahed. Furthermore, a meeting was held with the representatives of the Association of Bosnian-Iranian Friendship.

The Mayor of Sarajevo visited the Centre for Traffic Control and Metro Transportation Services and Tehran City Observatory. Also, he attended the closing ceremony of Tehran Globe Adobe, and on that occasion discussed the possibility of cooperation in different fields of urban management.

This visit once again demonstrated the friendly relations which exist between Sarajevo and Tehran, and the Mayor was received at the highest level.  After the visit at the state level, this visit goes to show the clear desire to improve the cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran at all levels.

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