Bijeljina, November 5 – Dignitaries of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) and the highest officials of Republika Srpska reached a conclusion on Thursday in a meeting in Bijeljina that unity and mutual respect between the Serb representatives at all levels of government are essential.His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia has stated that the current problems were discussed at the meeting and that both the Church and the Srpska officials expressed their opinions, thus reached conclusions will direct future actions.
Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik thanked the representatives of the Holy Synod and stressed that the conclusion on talks being held more frequently at all levels of political structure as well as with representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church and other religious communities, was reached.
“This was an opportunity to emphasize the need for unity and mutual respect and to rule exclusivity, especially elements of any disrespect, out of the political speeches and interviews,” Dodik told the reporters after the meeting.
Speaker of the Republika Srpska National Assembly, Nedeljko Cubrilovic, has said that the message from this meeting is that “the agreement builds the house” (united, you can do everything) and emphasised that Republika Srpska “is more important than all of us.”
Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mladen Ivanic, said that today’s discussion was good and useful and that the Serbian Orthodox Church laid out a clear position on not to interfere in the contract between BiH and the Islamic Community. He added that the vocabulary used to express political differences should be reduced to a more tolerant framework.
Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives of the BiH PA, Mladen Bosic, said that this was a good meeting in which they agreed to respect institutions and functions and to stop using language that causes tensions.
The meeting was held at the Bishop’s Palace in Bijeljina and was attended by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, members of the Holy Synod, Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik, Speaker of the Republika Srpska National Assembly, Nedeljko Cubrilovic, Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mladen Ivanic, and First Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives of the BiH Parliament, Mladen Bosic.