By Maja Tuljkovic – Sarajevo
Families of those who were killed and officials of the RS will come to Sarajevo no 3 May to the former Dobrovoljačka Street, where members of the JNA were killed in 1992. The marking of this date was the topic of today’s meeting by members of the Subcommittee for marking important historical events of the RS government and representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Canton Sarajevo (MUPKS).
At the meeting, it was stressed that all the necessary conditions for holding the gathering have been met, and the first was to obtain approval from the Ministry of Transport for the total disruption of traffic from Grbavica-Dobrovoljačka Street, from where they will gather and make their way to Dobrovoljačka Street. Also, the President of the SubcommiteeVelimir Dunjić said that they have also received confirmation from the Fire Brigade for fire protection, as well as from the Emergency Assistance of the health care center.
On the basis of the obtained license, the Subcommittee has fulfilled all the requirements for the gathering on 3 may, when the families of those who were killed and RS representatives will come to the former Dobrovoljačka Street will come and lay flowers and light candles in memory of the fallen soldiers of the JNA. On the other hand, at today’s meeting representatives of the Canton Sarajevo Ministry of Interior gave assurance that the meeting would be secured and safe, and that for the time being members of MUPKS do not have any announcements in terms of rallies or protests. It is expected that this gathering would transpire peacefully and with dignity.
According to the protocol, it is expected that a requiem will be held at 09:00 in the church at the cemetery in Miljevići, and at 09:30 a bus would depart towards Vraca and Grbavica to the street Hamdije Kreševljakovića (former Dobrovoljačka Street), where the families of those who were killed and officials would lay flowers and light candles.
The Subcommittee for marking important historical events of the RS government emphasized that the organizers do not have a goal to make a spectacle out of this, but want to mark this event with dignity, and expect around 200 people to attend.
At the beginning of the war in May 1002, after the release of the President of the Republic of B&H AlijaIzetbegović, who was captured on 2 May 1002 with a delegation at the airport in Sarajevo, a skirmish took place on Dobrovoljačka Street the day after on 3 May 1992 between the defenders of Sarajevo and members of the former JNA (Yugoslav People’s Army), in which seven soldiers were killed and 14 were injured.
The manipulation with ‘Dobrovoljačka’ has lasted for a long time, and some of the worst is regarding the number of fatalities. In one of his last interviews before his death in 2002, General MilutinKukanjac, who as Commander of the Second Military District ordered the withdrawal of JNA from the capital city of B&H, confirmed that six soldiers were killed on Dobrovoljačka Street.
The Prosecutor’s Office has suspended the investigation against 14 people in the Dobrovoljačka case. Among them are retired General of the B&H Army Jovan Divjak and member of the Presidency of the Republic of B&H during the war EjupGanić.