"Time for hundreds of years of peace," says Bosniak leader
There can be "no development and progress without trust, reconciliation and stability in the Western Balkans."Source: Tanjug
That is the message Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency members sent to citizens at the end of their visit to Serbia on Wednesday.
“We have started momentous work which will be beneficial for the citizens of both countries,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told reporters after a joint walk through a pedestrian zone in downtown Belgrade and a tour of Kalemegdan Fortress.
Serb member of the tripartite BiH Presidency Mladen Ivanic expressed hope that after this visit Bosniaks and their political leaders in Bosnia will be ready to take the hand of reconciliation which the Serbian prime minister held out with sincerity.
"Our friend Aleksandar (Vucic) has proven himself as an excellent host," Bosniak member of the Bosbian Presidency Bakir Izetbegovic said.
He told reporters that he had asked for the meeting to be staged in Belgrade and not in Karadjordjevo so that he would be able to take a walk through the city and feel the response of the people. Impressions are very good, people are reacting spontaneously and politely, he said.
The visit of the three members of the Bosnian Presidency comes at the heels of the invitation because we want to launch development in the region and this is not possible without reconciliation, stability and security, he said.
"After one hundred years of warfare and troubles, it is finally time for hundreds of years of peace," Izetbegovic said.
Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali presented the Belgrade Waterfront project to the members of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday.
The members of the tripartite Bosnian head of state visited Geozavod, where the scale model of the project is located, together with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.
The Serbian prime minister hosted a reception with lunch for Dragan Covic, Mladen Ivanic and Bakir Izetbegovic, the presidency members, at Villa Mir.
The guests and their host then went for a walk down Knez Mihailova Street (downtown Belgrade pedestrian zone), refreshed themselves with a drink in the Kolarac restaurant and continued the walk by visiting the Kalemegdan Fortress and the surrounding cultural complex at the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers.
At Kalemegdan, the guests were greeted with a performance by a folk dance company from Serbia, and Prime Minister Vucic and Bosniak Presidency member Izetbegovic played a game of chess at stone chess tables.
Strong security measures were in force during the walk, which was being followed by numerous reporters, and by onlookers - tourists and passers-by - who snapped pictures of Serbia's and Bosnia-Herzegovina's highest-level officials with cameras and cell phones.