Mayor Skaka’s proposal to name a street or a square after Senator McCain adopted by the Sarajevo City Council

The Sarajevo City Council adopted today the initiative proposed by Mayor Abdulah Skaka to name a square or a street in the capital city of BiH after the American senator John McCain who passed away recently.

“Senator John McCain was a great friend of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In difficult times he called for just solutions for our country and saw things the right way.Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina shall in this way ensure that his historic role in the building and development of friendly and brotherly relations between the peoples of BiH and the United States of America is permanently remembered.” said Skaka.

Mayor Skaka informed the city councillors that during his visit to Washington, he had visited the grave of the American senator at the American Navy graveyard in Annapolis where he symbolically placed the flags of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the City of Sarajevo.

“I greatly appreciate his contribution to the great assistance shown to BiH citizens by the American people” said the Mayor, noting that senator McCain paid several visits to the BiH capital city during his political career, and had a special relationship with our country.

During his visit to Washington, the Mayor signed an important Memorandum on Cooperation with the organisation Marshall Legacy Institute, which is a first step in the project of freeing Sarajevo entirely of landmines by 2020.

“We held a series of important talks in the US Congress, the State Department and strengthened Sarajevo’s ties with friends from the US, and opened the possibilities for future cooperation” he added.

Mayor Skaka and Prime Minister Zvizdić met today with the Mayor of Istanbul Mevlut Uysal

Mayor of Sarajevo, Abdulah Skaka, together with the Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers, dr. Denis Zvizdić, met with the Mayor of Istanbul Mevlut Uysal.

Chairman Zvizdić and Mayor Skaka congratulated Mayor Uysal on the construction of Istanbul’s third airport, the biggest airport in the world, whose opening they attended.

Dr. Zvizdić said that the Republic of Turkey and the city of Istanbul have send a message of unity, perseverance, friendship and cooperation and that such messages restore hope in better and brighter future of the whole world.

They discussed the potential cooperation between Istanbul and BiH cities in the fields of economy, culture and education.

Chairman Zvizdić said that Sarajevo, as the capital city of BiH and Istanbul are connected by mutual friendly ties and that all BiH cities have a true friend in Istanbul.

During the discussion, it was concluded that the cooperation is on the rise and that it is based on mutual interests. They agreed that the cooperation between Istanbul and BiH cities is important, because it opens the doors to connecting businessmen, adding that there is a need to strengthen and intensify cooperation between trade chambers in the forthcoming period.

The two-hour meeting was attended by the BiH Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey Bakir Sadović.

Mayor Skaka signed the Mine-Free Sarajevo by 2020 Initiative in Washington

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and General Gordon Sullivan signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Sarajevo and the Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) in Washington today.The purpose of the Memorandum is to free the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina entirely from mines by the year 2020.

This is an important document which paves the way for the implementation of valuable projects in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mayor Skaka’s hosts included General Sullivan, the president and founder of MLI and Perry Baltimore, President and Executive Director of this prominent organisation which has been helping Bosnia and Herzegovina for twenty years.

Our goal is Mine-Free Sarajevo by 2020, and I am convinced that we will reach that goal in cooperation with Marshall Legacy Institute. The City of Sarajevo is developing fast and we must end the legacy of our past. Security and stability are the foundations for the economic development and progress in every sense of that word – said Skaka after signing the Memorandum.

According to the Mayor, great progress has been made in clearing our country of the horrific landmines threat, primarily thanks to the international demining community, especially the generous support of the United States of America Government and the State Department Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement.

    “No other country has done more to help us. I am delighted to announce a wonderful Initiative, led by the Marshall Legacy Institute in partnership with the City of Sarajevo, the Mine Detection Dog Center in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the International Trust Fund – Enhancing Human Security, to free Sarajevo and surrounding municipalities from mines by September 2020 in time to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the end of the Bosnian War” said Mayor Skaka.

    The signed Memorandum defines the cooperation between the City of Sarajevo and the surrounding municipalities in the implementation of landmines clearing projects. Marshall Legacy Institute has,for the past couple of years, donated dozens of mine detection dogs to the local demining organisations with the purpose of finding landmines before they kill or wound innocent people. A great number of surviving mine victims was assisted through the “Children Against Mines” program.

Mayor Skaka in Bologna “We want Sarajevo to become a global centre for peace and open dialogue between cultures and civilizations”

Sarajevo has a rich historical experience that can contribute to better understanding of the past, the present and better planing for the future, said Mayor Abdulah Skaka in his address today at the 32 international conference “Bridges of Peace- Religions and Cultures in Dialogue”, which was held in Bologna, Italy.

After a century marked by conflicts, we would like for Sarajevo to become a global centre of peace, open dialogue between cultures and civilizations and peaceful resolution of conflict. Due to is specific history, the City of Sarajevo feels a historical resposibility and obligation to become the cradle of world peace and we will dedicate ourselves to reach that goal.

The gathering was attended by numerous religious leaders, official and intellectuals, and the host of the meeting was Alberto Quattrucci, general secretary of the “Community Sant Egidio”. Mayor of Sarajevo participated in the panel “Living together is our Future” which was held in the famous Palace Re Enzo in Bologna.

“When I took office as Mayor I paid a visit to the heads of all religious communities in Sarajevo. I forged a close and successful cooperation with them which I intend to strengthen even further.The respect for our traditional, religious and ethnic tenets is not contrary to the civic concepts, the protection of the rights of the individual. Local government and religious authorities can jointly do a great deal in the promotion of values which will form a basis for a brighter future. The future is not a lottery. What happens in the future depends on how we start building it today.” said Mayor Skaka

Apart from Mayor Skaka, the panel participants included Jakob Finci, president of the Jewish Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hrizostom, Orthodox metropolitan bishop, Vinko Puljić archbishop of Vrhbosna, Husein ef. Smajić, deputy reisu-l-ulema in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Cornelio Sommaruga former president of the International Red Cross Committee.

Mayor Skaka received the Ambassador of Hungary for an introductory visit

Mayor of Sarajevo, Abdulah Skaka, received the Ambassador of Hungary H.E. Krisztián Pós for an introductory visit and wished him a successful mandate in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the continuation of good cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary.

He informed the Ambassador about the ongoing infrastructural projects in the city of Sarajevo, and the dynamics of activities the goal of which is to make the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina into a main tourist centre of the region. The Mayor underlined that the City of Sarajevo had participated in a great number of EU projects as co-financing partner and that the exchange of experiences and work on joint projects with Hungarian partners would be of great importance for the City of Sarajevo.

The ongoing cooperation between Sarajevo and Hungarian cities, particularly Budapest and Pecs, was also discussed as well as the plans for the future.

It was concluded that there is a need for intensification of ties between the two capital cities in all areas of interest to the citizens, especially in the area of culture and tourism, through the organization of events within the scope of which tourist and economic potentials of the two capital cities would be presented, pursuant to the Cooperation Agreement between Sarajevo and Budapest.