Serb member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Milorad Dodik stated Tuesday the police of Republika Srpska organised into gendarmerie show with their training and capabilities that they are ready to defend the constitutional structure and security of citizens from any kind of attacks.
Dodik pointed out that by forming the Gendarmerie Unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs /MIA/, Republika Srpska sent a message that it wanted stability and peace as a priority.
“This is also a message that we are ready to face all challenges that may potentially come from any side, such as a threat to the constitutional structure or security of any of our citizens,” Dodik told the press after a ceremonious lining up of the unit in Zalužani outside Banjaluka.
He underlined that the formation of the Gendarmerie Unit of the Republika Srpska MIA was the Srpska’s commitment to improving its capabilities and convincing people they were safe.
Dodik stated that the Tuesday promotion of the Gendarmerie Unit was one of the major dates in the history of the Republika Srpska MIA.
Answering a reporter’s question of whether there were any differences between the Gendarmerie and the reserve police force, whose formation has been delayed, Dodik said that the reserve force was not lined up but that the idea had not been dropped.
“We will consider and wait for an opportunity to form the reserve police force in Srpska since it has been proved that it is the best way to defend Srpska’s territory and security,” emphasised Dodik.
The ceremonious lining up of the Gendarmerie Unit was held at the Training Centre in Zalužani outside Banjaluka on Tuesday, officially presenting the new organisational unit of the Republika Srpska MIA formed to improve the security of Republika Srpska, its citizens and property.
The ceremony was attended by President of Republika Srpska Željka Cvijanović, National Assembly Speaker Nedeljko Čubrilović, Prime Minister Radovan Višković, Minister of Internal Affairs Dragan Lukač, and Police Director Darko Ćulum.
The Gendarmerie was formed as part of a restructuring of the MIA intervention forces for the purpose of a quicker and more efficient response to security challenges faced by Republika Srpska.
The President of the Republic stated that Srpska is committed to constantly invest in the security of the citizens and their property, and that is why it strengthens its security capacities.
The President of the Republic stated that Srpska is committed to constantly invest in the security of the citizens and their property, and that is why it strengthens its security capacities. The President Cvijanović stressed that the establishment of the Gendarmerie Unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska represents a contribution to the stability and security of Srpska.
“Whatever initiative you take in Srpska, you always come across convictions, criticisms, noise and hysteria coming from Sarajevo. We do not need to pay attention to this. Our police and the Ministry of the Interior are and should be able to cooperate with everyone within BiH, in the region, and more broadly, to contribute to the stability of not only our citizens, but also to addressing regional security issues”, said the President of Srpska.
According to the President Cvijanović, police members of Srpska have participated in numerous international actions and have always received approvals for their work and contributions.
“This will be continued in the future as well. It is important to our citizens to have a strong and equipped police force and that is why the Government has invested a considerable amount of money in equipment, training centres such as the one we are in today, salary increases and other issues, and we will continue to do so. There has always been a connection between our people and the police and hence comes support to constantly improve our capacities”, it was emphasized by the President of the Republic of Srpska.