The National Assembly of Republika Srpska represents the cornerstone of the formation and further development of entity institutions, i.e. Republika Srpska itself, Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic said on Monday.
“Republika Srpska’s quarter-century would not have been possible if it weren’t for the concerned and courageous people, who acted as members of the parliament and did everything that was necessary at the time,” Cvijanovic told reporters in Banjaluka after a formal session of the National Assembly marking 25 years of operation and existence of the entity parliament.
Marking the quarter-of-a-century lifetime of the entity’s highest legislative body is a step in Srpska’s development as well as a step in the improvement of the National Assembly’s operation, the PM pointed out.
“The fact that here sit the MPs elected by the will of the people proves the importance of this institution,” said Cvijanovic, adding that marking the parliament’s 25th anniversary was an important day for Srpska.
Cvijanovic told Srna she was happy with the collaboration between the National Assembly and Government.
“I consider the cooperation good. Its results include numerous regulations, laws and enactments which show Srpska’s full institutional capacity to regulate the area we live in, adhering to all the required standards,” said the Prime Minister.
“Its worth lies in the fact that it provides co-existence and equality for all its citizens,” stressed Cvijanovic.
“One quarter of a century is an important fact in Republika Srpska’s life and I am certain that in the years to come it will build its capacity and that our citizens will become more aware of the importance of what we have – Republika Srpska,” she said.
The National Assembly of Republika Srpska had a formal session in Banjaluka on Monday to mark its 25th anniversary.
In attendance were entity President Milorad Dodik, Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic, member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mladen Ivanic, entity ministers, Srpska representatives in the BiH state institutions, deputy speaker of the National Assembly of Serbia, and former speakers of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska, representatives of judicial institutions and constitutional court, Serbian Orthodox Church and other religious communities, and diplomatic corps in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
To celebrate the anniversary, the Banjaluka Philharmonic will perform a concert, a present of the entity president, at the Banski Dvor concert call Monday at 7.00 p.m.
The parliament of the Serbian people in BiH was formed on October 24, 1991 after the Assembly of the then Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina outvoted the Serb MPs on October 14.