Valentin Inzko 2013


Dear friends,

it's hard to to speak after such impressive film and before President Mesić, it is very difficult, but well, I'm in between. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I came here to show solidarity with those who are struggling as Duško Kondor fought for justice and for the truth. Aleksandar Složenjicin, a famous Russian writer, said about possibilities of change of the Soviet Union, said: „One word of truth shall outweigh the whole world“, and that is what the Duško Kondor has done. It is required a special courage for someone to fight for justice, it is the quality which leaders have and all those who understand that justice lies at the very foundation of peace and reconciliation and therefore in the future of every country, and this country also. Duško Kondor possessed such courage and such quality and therefore we honor him today and always.

Six years ago, the Republic of Srpska authorities failed to protect Duško Kondor and tens of thousands of citizens has reacted with anger. They reacted strongly with the slogan „We are all teacher Kondor“. They were right when they identified themselves with the teacher, the right to security of person, the right to freedom of opinion and expression are the key values that are determined by the Constitution of this country. These rights refer to all people, the institutions of this country have a duty to ensure the rights of all citizens regardless of current policy.

The rule of law is in fact apolitical, only when the policy is expelled from law enforcement people in this country will be able to hope for a brighter and a better future. I will, as High Representative, continue to invite political parties and the authorities that are responsible for respecting and strengthening the rule of law, because if there is no law, there is no real state.

Besides Duško Kondor's personal courage, message that he leaved behind him says that the rule of law and truth is in the interest of each individual, indeed every individual in every state. The very fact that we are now, we are gathered here, is evidence that memory, fond memories of Duško Kondor still alive as well as and noble example, a very noble example that he gave us all around.

Thank you very much.

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