(left) Zijad Bećirović, Ivo Komšić, Miloš Senčur and Bakhatyar Aljaf
LJUBLJANA, 6 October 2016 - The Directors of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) Bakhatyar Aljaf and Dr. Zijad Bećirović along with the Head of the Department for Local and Regional Studies (DeLORS) Dr. Miloš Senčur today received Prof. Dr. Ivo Komšić, the mayor of Sarajevo.
In a lengthy conversation they exchanged views on the situation in the region, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the city of Sarajevo as the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Federation of BiH, which does not have a legal status. It is extremely important that the city of Sarajevo gets appropriate financing. A suitable law on the capital should be adopted as in other familiar European capitals. The current status is intolerable and therefore it is necessary to urgently seek a solution like it has been done in the countries in the neighborhood and within the EU and which will provide the city of Sarajevo the position of the capital.
At the end of the conversation with the mayor Dr. Komšić the head of IFIMES department DeLORS Dr. Senčur stressed that the Institute will strengthen its operations in the region in the field of local government and local communities. In the coming period the institute will particularly focus on addressing the status of the city of Sarajevo as the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina because it is necessary to find an effective solution as soon as possible at the level of state of BiH and BiH Federation.
Ljubljana, 6 Oktober 2016