Meeting with chair of the Council of Ministers, Adnan Terzić
Adnan Terzić, Chairman of the Council of Ministers, today – 24 April 2003 – received Amra Hadžimuhamedović, chair of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments, and Dubravko Lovrenović, a member of the Commission, who presented the following to the Chairman of the Council of Ministers:
1. A brief report on the activities to date of the Commission, with particular emphasis on the Commission's role in the peace implementation process (Bijeljina, Zavala, Banja Luka, Stolac).
2. The issue of implementation of the Commission's decisions at the state level, including the implementation of donor funds for the protection of the endangered heritage.
3. A programme for the protection of the endangered heritage based on the priorities set by the Commission for 2003 (the Mehmed-paša Sokolović bridge in Višegrad, the Stari Grad fortress in Stolac, the Jajce fortress) and, in this regard, a definition of the role of the Council of Ministers or the Commission as state institutions.
4. The issue of the continuing parallelism and lack of clarity regarding state-level jurisdiction in regard to the implementation of Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the protection of the cultural heritage and how to overcome these by harmonizing the legislative framework governing heritage protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina and by passing a law on the subject at the state level.
5. A draft Budget Revision for the Commission to Preserve National Monuments as part of the budget revision for the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
6. The Commission to Preserve National Monuments will present its work and the endangered heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 16 June 2003 at the World Bank headquarters. Since both Mr Terzić and Commission members will be present on that occasion along with other officials and prominent figures, a discussion was held on the content and aims of the presentation and the protocol of the presentation.
The Chairman of the Council of Ministers reiterated the importance of implementing Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace as part of the overall process of peace keeping, and noted that the sustainable development of a state depended on skill in linking and harmonizing inherited values and new development trends. The Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina told members of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments that he had no doubt the Council of Ministers would devote considerable efforts to overcoming all the barriers to the implementation of Annex 8 and that it would support the systematic protection of the heritage and the work of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments.