Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska Radovan Viskovic attended yesterday the Forum on the Cyrillic Script organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska in cooperation with the members of the Matica Srpska in Republic of Srpska that took place in the Administrative Center of the Government.
Prime Minister Viskovic said that the preservation of the Cyrillic script should be in the focus of the Government of the Republic of Srpska and the Government of Serbia because preserving the Cyrillic means preserving the identity of the Serbian people in this region.
The Prime Minister pointed out that there had not been enough institutional attention to the Cyrillic alphabet and the Forum was an opportunity to correct this.
“I am sure that the language experts during Forum would provide guidance and suggestions that would show us all who perform certain functions what to do in order to preserve the Cyrillic script in the future”, Prime Minister Viskovic said.
Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska, Natalija Trivic emphasized during her speech at the Forum that the Cyrillic script was a part of the national identity of Serbs and a part of their cultural heritage which has no boundaries and explained that the Forum was in the spirit of the recently signed Charter about the Serbian Culture which defined the culture of the Serbian people to have no boundaries and as the culture of the area where Serbs used to live, where they live today and where they would live in the future.
“The Forum on the Cyrillic will show the knowledge and contributions of its participants on how to create cultural policies in terms of protecting the Cyrillic as an alphabet and as a national identity and how on the other hand to popularize the Cyrillic script in public use”, Minister Trivic said.
The Forum on the Cyrillic is attended by the Assistant Minister of Culture and Information of Serbia, Dejan Maslikovic, President of the Matica Srpska in Novi Sad, Dragan Stanić, President of the Matica Srpska Association in the Republic of Srpska, Drago Branković and other distinguished academics, professors, linguists, representatives of the media, publishers and of cultural and public institutions.
The Forum on the Cyrillic is also the first step in implementation of the recently signed Charter on Serbian Cultural Space which defines a common cultural policy in Serbia and Republic of Srpska.
During the Forum, two panel discussions were to be held: “The Cyrillic Script in Public Use in the Republic of Srpska” and “The Cyrillic Script in the Digital Age”.