“Mostar’s restored Partisan Memorial Cemetery has been opened on Victory Day and the Day of Europe with a ceremony attended by state officials and the EU Special Representative.

The cemetery is ‘a symbol of victory over fascism. This day was not chosen as Europe Day by chance, it is when a message was sent to all future generations and peoples in Europe,’ said Fadil Novalic, the Prime Minister of Bosnia’s Federation (FBiH), one of the country’s two semi-autonomous entities.

‘The Partisans were not just simple people, they were walking the antifascist path, which Europe acknowledged as its official path. It is sad that we had to wait for 20 years for the monument to be restored’” he added.

Novalic said the restoration of the monument is a ‘beginning of the restoration of the idea of anti-fascism,’ pointing out the contribution from those from Mostar who fought the Nazi occupation.

‘A third of Mostar’s citizens were involved in this battle and I hope this monument will remind Mostar’s citizens of a time of unity,’ he said.

The Chairman of Bosnia’s Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdic, said that the country is ‘witnessing that fascist and hegemonic ideologies have not been defeated.'” (N1)