On 27 May 2013, the Director-General received H.E. Mr. Nebojša Radmanović, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia & Herzegovina, at UNESCO Headquarters.
Warmly welcoming Mr Radmanović, the Director-General expressed her great satisfaction at the current state of the Organization’s cooperation with Bosnia & Herzegovina. She said that the Old Bridge of Mostar, reconstructed on UNESCO’s initiative in 2004, had truly become a symbol of peace and international cooperation.
Mrs Bokova stated that UNESCO had been actively engaged, through its Office in Venice, in the promotion of regional dialogue and reconciliation in South-East Europe. She commended Bosnia Herzegovina for its participation in the regional travelling exhibit “Imagining the Balkans. Identities and Memory in the long 19th century”, inaugurated on 8 April 2013 in Ljubljana, and pointed out that this project as an excellent example of UNESCO’s objective to advance regional cooperation on the basis of their common history and heritage.
The Director-General affirmed UNESCO’s commitment to cooperate with Bosnia and Herzegovina in priority areas and welcomed the country’s intention to present new nominations to the UNESCO World Heritage List as well as to the Representative List of under the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Mr Radmanović underlined that the Organization’s presence and cooperation in the South-East Europe helped to promote a positive image of the region and its rich cultural heritage.
In this respect, he reiterated the importance of the regional summits of the heads of state and governments, which are annually held in cooperation with UNESCO. He thanked the Organization for its support to Bosnia and Herzegovina and expressed appreciation on the work of the UNESCO Antenna Office in Sarajevo.