17 September 2021  The Chairman of the Committee on the Diaspora and Serbs in the Milimir Vujadinovic continues his visit to Ljubljana

17 September 2021 The Chairman of the Committee on the Diaspora and Serbs in the Milimir Vujadinovic continues his visit to Ljubljana

Friday, 17 September 2021

Vujadinovic Continues Visit to Ljubljana

In the continuation of his visit to Ljubljana, the Chairman of the Committee on the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region Milimir Vujadinovic met yesterday with members of the Slovenian National Assembly.


The Chairman of the Committee on the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region Milimir Vujadinovic visited the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia yesterday, where he met with Robert Polnar, Chair of the Committee on Finance, and Dusan Sisko, Chair of the Commission for Relations with Slovenes in Neighbouring and Other Countries. The meeting was also attended by representatives of Serbian associations in Slovenia, Vladimir Kokanovic and Zlatomir Bodiroza. Zmago Jelincic, President of the Slovenian National Party, also joined the meeting by phone.

The Chairman of the Committee on the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region Milimir Vujadinovic suggested that members of the Slovenian Parliament consider enabling a declaration of ethnicity in the upcoming census, which is a matter of great importance for Serbs in Slovenia, and that as an autochthonous people they gain the status of national minority as the largest national group of people in Slovenia after the Slovenes.

The meeting focused on the position of the Serbian community in Slovenia, which, according to estimates, numbers between 70,000 and 150,000 people. The possibility of granting dual citizenship to Serbs was also discussed, as well as other issues important to the Serb community.

Representatives of Serbian associations Vladimir Kokanovic and Zlatomir Bodiroza presented the work of the associations, listing the problems the Serbian community in Slovenia is faced with and giving proposals for their solution, stressing that Slovenia is their homeland and that they want to work on improving the position of Serbs in Slovenia. They emphasised that they are proud of the state of Serbia and its progress and that as a community they want to contribute to the development of Slovenian society, primarily through the improvement of economic cooperation with Serbia.

Vujadinovic said that this meeting is the first joint appearance of the Serb associations after the signing of the Declaration on Cooperation, stressing that only united, with the help of the Serbian motherland and its President Aleksandar Vucic, can we expect results for our people.

Milimir Vujadinovic said that political relations between the two countries are on the rise, that the economically strengthened Serbia is able to help its compatriots wherever they may live, and pointed out that Serbs in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina are not considered a diaspora but an autochthonous population. He added that almost 2 million Serbs live in Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia and emphasised that Serbia's obligation to these people is immense, with respect for the political systems of the countries they live in. He pointed out that Serbs living in Slovenia should feel Serbia’s prosperity and, as citizens of Slovenia, be a link with Serbia. He stressed that Serbia and Slovenia have no outstanding political issues, which in many ways speaks of a harmonious relationship between the two countries. Bearing in mind that between 70,000 and 150,000 people of Serbian origin live in Slovenia, he asked that they be given the status of a national minority, with absolute respect for the Slovenian constitution and law. He reminded his hosts that the Slovenian national minority in Serbia enjoys the same rights as other national minorities, some of which are significantly more numerous.

Vujadinovic said that the officials had a friendly and constructive approach to and understanding of the topics, that the issues they discussed would be the subject of further talks and that they believe that Serbs are an autochthonous people in Slovenia and perhaps the most sincere and true allies of the Slovenian state and people. He thanked the Slovenian friends for their approach and understanding, and pointed out that this was also the first time that these topics were raised in the Slovenian Parliament with a joint appearance by representatives of Serbia and united Serb associations in Slovenia.




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