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The Government of the Republic of Srpska condemns the terrorist attack in Zvornik


The Government of the Republic of Srpska held tonight its first extraordinary session apropos of the terrorist attack on the police station in Zvornik after which one policeman was killed and two others were wounded.

Conveying the conclusions from the session, Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic called for peace and tolerance, advising citizens to refrain from spreading panic and misinformation and anything else that would further complicate and hamper the situation, including the communication via social networks.

"The Government calls for full cooperation of all institutions and citizens with the investigating authorities so that we can determine whether this was an individual or organized terrorist act," said Prime Minister Cvijanovic, expecting also full cooperation from all social actors and the media.

Moreover, the Prime Minister endorses President Dodik's initiative to convene a meeting tomorrow with the representatives of the Republic of Srpska in the joint bodies at the BIH level. The meeting would be also attended by the Chairperson of the Republic of Srpska National Assembly, Mr Nedeljko Cubrilovic and the Minister of the Interior, Mr Dragan Lukac.

"The Government supports all activities of the Minister of the Interior aimed at investigating this criminal act and preventing such crimes in the future, as well as carrying out appropriate situation and risk analysis," said Prime Minister Cvijanovic, expecting commitment of all institutions to ensuring better security situation in BIH.

"It is very import to treat this issue in the future and see if there is some logistical, political and some other kind of support to certain groups, knowing that we live under certain threats of global character," said the Prime Minister.

"We expect adequate coordination and involvement of all institutions in accordance with the Constitution," stated Prime Minster Cvijanovic.

Tonight's session was attended by the President of the Republic of Srpska, Mr Milorad Dodik, and the Chairperson of the Republic of Srpska National Assembly, Mr Nedeljko Cubrilovic.

President Dodik said that what happened tonight in Zvornik presented an attack on the Republic of Srpska which has the right to defend itself, and would do so.

"This is an attack on the institutions of the Republic of Srpska, as a policeman wearing the uniform and insignia of the Republic of Srpska was killed. The Republic of Srpska has been shot, and we have the right to defend ourselves and we shall do it," said President Dodik.

The President supported the Government's requirement to conduct the analysis in the following three days estimating the police capacity to confront this global problem called terrorism.

President Dodik said that in accordance with the Constitution he was allowed to attend the Government's session, as it obvious that the authority of the Republic of Srpska, that is, the police, was attacked.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of our innocent policeman who was only performing his duty," said the President, highlighting his support to all Government's measures regarding tonight's terrorist attack.

According to the President, immediately after this event, coordination among all authorities of the Republic of Srpska was established in accordance with the constitution.

"As a President, I mush express gratitude to the police which assumed control shortly after the event, preventing further escalation," said President Dodik.

Furthermore, the President said the situation was under control and that there were no destabilizing elements.

"Surely, there will be some persons who will say that this is attention drawing, but for a longer period of time we have been warning of a possible attack on the Republic of Srpska, and that story is by no ​means insignificant, which was proved by tonight's event.

President Dodik recalled that the intelligence structure is at the BIH level, leading to the Republic of Srpska having insufficient information.

"We have the Intelligence and Security Agency of BiH and alleged security structures of BiH, which monitor people here in the government instead of dealing with the issue of terrorism, while the whole world is pointing at BiH due to potential terrorist threats. Only we are afraid to point at BiH, and should be probably silent about this as if it did not happen," said the President.

The Chairperson of the National Assembly, Mr Nedeljko Cubrilovic, is certain that the Police of the Republic of Srpska will know how to react further regarding this terrorist act in Zvornik, but is not sure for other police structure in BiH.

"In future we must address and solve these issues with more confidence and cooperation, primarily among the peoples," said Mr Cubrilovc.

The Chairperson reiterated that the terrorist act in Zvornik represented the attack on the institutions of the Republic of Srpska,  and that security structures of BiH were not competent and could not deal with such challenges.

"Events in Bugojno, Sarajevo and other places in BiH did not seem be sufficient warning to the security structures of BiH to react in the right way, and therefore another unfortunate event happened," said Chairperson Cubrilovic.

He commended the police officers who were at the police station and prevented greater tragedy.

"Unfortunately, the loss is huge, as we lost one of our decent citizens while two others were wounded," said Mr Cubrilovic, adding that tonight would be a tough night both for Serbs and Bosniaks from Zvornik, but that the police would know how to answer in an appropriate manner.

"Accordingly,  the authorities of the Republic of Srpska will know how to provide adequate support, and the Government will know how to respond to this and future events," said Chairperson Cubrilovic, calling citizens to refrain from spreading misinformation and hate speech as this event is difficult for Serbs, Bosniaks and Croats.​

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