Mayor Skaka co-sponsored Mersad Berber’s exhibition which was opened in the City Hall this evening

The first posthumous retrospective exhibition titled: “Mersad Berber – The Allegory of Bosnia”, was opened in the City Hall this evening. This unique exhibition consisting of 35 paintings from the most important phases of this eminent painter, graphic artist and tapestry designer’s work, was held under the auspices of the member of BiH Presidency, Bakir Izetbegović, and co-sponsored by the Mayor of the City of Sarajevo, Abdulah Skaka and Berber family.

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“You have here before you one of the most important art exhibitions of the last half century. It gives me great honour to be a patron of this unique cultural event which we are full heartedly presenting as a gift to all the citizens of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina”, said Izetbegović.

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Mayor Skaka expressed his pleasure at Berber’s works being exhibited in the beautiful ambience of the reconstructed Sarajevo City Hall, an architectural pearl, worthy of the exhibited works by one of the most important Bosnian and Herzegovinian artists.

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Members of Berber family were present at the exhibition opening as well as guests from political, public and cultural life of the city and country.

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Citizens and guests from the city and the whole country will be able to visit the exhibition for the next two months.

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Mayors of Sarajevo and Konya affirmed the good and strong cooperation between the two cities

The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo received today multimember delegation of Konya Metropolitan Municipality, headed by Mayor Tahir Akyürek and Honorary Consul of BiH in Konya, Ercan Uslu.

This was an opportunity to continue the agreements on mutual cooperation between the two cities, which have an ongoing partnership and friendly relations since 2007.

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Mayor Skaka thanked the City Administration of Konya Metropolitan Municipality for the support recently provided to the City of Sarajevo, particularly for the improvement of utility infrastructure. In that regard, the emphasis was put on the donation of 20 trams that Konya Metropolitan Municipality delivered to Sarajevo GRAS Company.

Both parties agreed that the City of Sarajevo and Konya Metropolitan Municipality have good and strong relations in many areas, emphasizing the intensified cooperation in the fields of water supply and public transport.

Mayor Skaka received an introductory visit from Commander of EUFOR, Mr. Waldner

The Mayor Skaka received an introductory visit from Commander of EUFOR in BiH, Mayor General Anton Waldner. 

During the meeting, it was emphasized that EUFOR will continue to actively contribute to stability and security in the region, in line with the goals of its mission in BiH.

Considering the interest shown by Commander of EUFOR Waldner at today’s meeting, the Mayor Skaka briefly informed him of the dynamics of building Trebevic cable car, the symbol of the City of Sarajevo and one of the most important infrastructural projects that this City Administration is currently running.

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They also discussed the organization of various events and manifestations held under the patronage of the City of Sarajevo or in partnership with local and international cultural institutions and embassies, and their significant contribution to the rich touristic offer of Sarajevo, and to the cultural, social and economic prosperity of the BiH capital.

Mayor Skaka and Italian Ambassador Minasi discussed the establishment of cooperation between Sarajevo and Rome

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka received today the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy H.E. Nicolo Minasi, and wished him a successful mandate in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

During the meeting it was agreed to continue with the implementation of the project Ars Aevi, the goal of which is to build a museum of contemporary art in Sarajevo according to the design by renowned architect Renzo Piano.

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They also discussed the establishment of special relations between the two capital cities – Sarajevo and Rome, which could  find a lot of joint interests and establish dialogue and cooperation especially in the field of culture and tourism.

Ambassador Minasi expressed his delight with Sarajevo calling it „an intense city“ as well as with the City Hall – the focal point of important cultural events in the city.

 

The City of Sarajevo has taken over the „Stone for Peace” of Hiroshima at the ceremony in the National Museum

The Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and President of the Association of Hiroshima Mr. Michio Umemoto have unveiled the “Stone for Peace” at the ceremony hosted today at the Botanical Garden of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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“It is my great pleasure that Sarajevo has become the 111th city of Europe and the world to receive this stone and thus join the efforts of the peace promoting mission of the Stone for Peace Association of Hiroshima, which has been going on for 26 years. I believe that the City should always be at the forefront of these activities, so let’s turn towards the future and do everything in our power for the world to become a more beautiful and safer place for living. We owe that to our young people” said Mayor Skaka and thanked Japan and the City of Hiroshima who made a huge step towards achieving that vision today.

The Stone of Hiroshima, which will be on display from now on in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is one of the 200 stones which were taken from the streetcar tracks near Aioi bridge, which was located just 200 m to the north of the epicentre of the explosion of the atomic bomb which was dropped on this Japanese city on August 6th, 1945. Each of the stones has an engraved image of the Japanese goddess of mercy Kannon and the words “From Hiroshima”, and it took 10000 people and seven years for all the stones to be carved.

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In the words of the President of the Association Mr. Umemoto, this stone should warn people about the tragic war destruction that Sarajevo and Hiroshima have gone through, and draw attention to the constant need to fight for peace, harmony and mutual appreciation. He expressed his belief that the ties between the countries which possess this stone will be expanded and grow stronger.

“Sarajevo has become an exceptionally beautiful and colourful city, and it plays an important role as the leading city in the Association “Mayors for Peace”, said the Ambassador of Japan to BiH H.E. Kazuya Ogawa in his address. He noted that Sarajevo and Hiroshima have signed the Declaration on the Exchange of Experiences and Cooperation in the field of culture, student exchange, environmental protection and promotion of peace.

 

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Today’s ceremony was concluded with the presentation of drawings of Sarajevo primary school students to our friends from Hiroshima and the performance of our youngest citizens – children’s choir “Palčići” who sang “The Stone for Peace is Marching Through the World” and “Together We are More Beautiful, Stronger, Better”.

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The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo and the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to BiH discussed the continuation of successful cooperation

The Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to BiH, H.E. Andrea Rauber Saxer visited today the Mayor of the City of Sarajevo, Mr. Abdulah Skaka in the City Hall, where they discussed continuation of successful cooperation, especially in the field of waste management and recycling.

Mayor Skaka informed the Ambassador about the results of his official visit to Zürich, during which cooperation between the two cities in the field of urban development was discussed.

Ambassador Rauber Saxer invited Mayor Skaka to a concert that the Embassy will organize in our city in August on the occasion of marking of 25 years of bilateral cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Swiss Confederation.

The Ambassador of Indonesia to BIH visited the Mayor Skaka

The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo received today the Ambassador of Indonesia to BiH, H.E. Amelia Achmad Yani, they talked about the establishment of stronger relations and cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Indonesia, and of their capital cities Sarajevo and Jakarta.

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We would be particularly pleased if we could cooperate and develop good relations in the field of tourism, the Mayor Skaka pointed out.

The Ambassador Achmad Yani thanked the Mayor for the welcome and reception and invited him to be the guest at the largest trade fair TRADE EXPO 2017, to be held this year in October in Indonesia.

Mayor Abdulah Skaka received the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

The Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka welcomed Mr. Carmel Agius, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), who is staying in our city for the duration of the Conference entitled „Legacy Dialogues ICTY“ from 22-24 June.

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On that occasion Mayor Skaka acquainted President Agius with the activities that the city of Sarajevo is currently undertaking with the aim of setting up the Information Centre Sarajevo in accordance with the Memorandum signed last year.

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By setting up this Centre the City of Sarajevo desires to give a concrete contribution to facing the past,  building peace and reconciliation. This Centre should offer the public an updated, direct and secure electronic access to the public judicial records of the ICTY and the archive material contained in the online data bases of the ICTY.

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The Centre will have a comprehensive function which will include education, research, museum and printing.

The City of Sarajevo will support this year’s Diplomatic Winter Bazaar

„The City of Sarajevo will support this year’s Diplomatic Winter Bazaar“stressed Mayor Abdulah Skaka during today’s meeting with the wives of Ambassadors to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This traditional humanitarian event will take place at the beginning of December this year in Sarajevo. This year we are organizing a varied programme, and the visitors will have a chance to try different delicious food and other interesting products of exhibitors from across the world.

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The goal of this event is to raise funds and distribute them to charities which provide for children with special needs and children from disadvantaged families.

Mayor Skaka received the Head of the Sarajevo Office of the Embassy of Ukraine

Mayor of Sarajevo, Abdulah Skaka received today the Head of the Sarajevo Office of the Embassy of Ukraine Volodymyr Tsybulnyk. During the reception the two sides discussed the existing cooperation between the two friendly countries, and strengthening of ties especially in the field of culture and economy.

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Mayor Skaka thanked Mr. Tsybulnyk  for showing interest for the capital city of our country, and acquainted him with the ongoing development projects in Sarajevo.