The President of the Republic of Srpska, Željka Cvijanović, attended today in Banja Luka the ceremony marking the Day of the Republic of Srpska Army and the Day of the 3rd Infantry (Republic of Srpska) Regiment.

The President of the Republic of Srpska stated that in the Defence and Patriotic war the Army of Srpska defended the Serb people and the places where they had lived for centuries, which must not be forgotten.

“We must not forget the killed and wounded members of the Army and Police of the Republic of Srpska, but neither must we forget the civilians who died in the war. The day when the Army was formed is one of the most important dates in the history of the Republic of Srpska,” said President Cvijanović.

This is why, noted the President of the Republic, it is essential to strengthen Srpska, whose autonomy must become a permanent category.

President Cvijanović stressed that the formation of the Republic of Srpska Army meant that the Serb people would get the freedom they desired.

“The soldiers fulfilled their task by defending both the territory and the people. Today, that we live in freedom, we must understand that we have to strengthen Srpska in every way possible, and all those in politics and who take part in political processes must remember these dates, as well as the magnitude of the sacrifice made for the Republic. And understand that on the path of building Srpska, they must not accept anything but what is guaranteed to us by the Constitution,” said the President of the Republic.

President Cvijanović added that it is a way of life here to remember and treat with full respect everyone who took part, either politically or militarily in the creation of the Republic.

“And especially in defence of what are our values and ideals. The freedom that we enjoy today is also our obligation to teach these things to future generations and to pass on to them what we know about the period of the creation of Srpska,” said the President of the Republic.

President Cvijanović emphasised that she believes in the strength of Srpska and her institutions, as well as in the power of her people to come together and recognise all obstacles and traps.

The President of the Republic of Srpska said that any efforts to destroy or diminish the strength of Srpska should be opposed with wisdom and political strength.

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