The Chairman of the Committee on the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region Miodrag Linta took part in the Second Diaspora Forum in Banjaluka, 30-31 May, and stressed that one of the chief tasks of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Srpska is to strengthen the feeling of national unity among Serbs, no matter where they live.
“The governments in Belgrade and Banjaluka should do all in their power to enable those who wish to maintain their Serbian identity to do so. That is why it is paramount to make it possible for the Serbs in the region and the diaspora to learn the Serbian language and Cyrillic script and to draft a uniform Serbian primer”, said Linta.
He added that Serbia and the Republic of Srpska should assist in the economic growth of Serbs in the region via a variety of projects.
“Our people in the region need support in addressing infrastructure problems such as the construction of schools, kindergartens, cultural institutions, roads, bridges and other”, said Linta.
He also spoke of that old Serbian ailment - discord.
“Serbia and the Republic of Srpska should insist on dialogue as the way to foster unity among Serbs outside of the mother country”, said Linta.
He said that Serbia needs to simplify the procedure for gaining Serbian citizenship and establish Serbian houses as gathering places for Serbs in the region and the diaspora.
“One of the important elements of national identity is the concerted fight of Serbia, the Republic of Srpska and Serbs in the region to reveal to the international community the truth of the Serbian people’s suffering in the 20th century, especially the genocide in NDH”, Linta concluded.