|Honorary Citizens of the City of Sarajevo 2011|
Jacques Chirac performed the duty of president of France in the period 1995 - 2007. As president of France, he gave a significant contribution to the end of the war and establishment of peace in our country. He initiated the establishment of EU Rapid Reaction Forces, which played a very important role in the establishment of peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is also one of the world statesmen who gave a decisive push to the peace negotiations. After the war, Chirac constantly, unambiguously and strongly supported the accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries of the western Balkans to the European Union. In that regard, he was the initiator of the Zagreb Summit of the European Union, where the perspective of EU membership was for the first time officially confirmed for Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries in the region. His calls, sent especially to the leaders and young generations in BiH, for reconciliation, tolerance and belief in their country and its future, will be remembered. "You have been invited to build an exemplary country, whose people must learn to live together with full respecting of mutual differences, where citizens of all religions and different origins must have an opportunity to freely express themselves within democratic institutions. It is up to you to build a finally reconciled Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will enjoy respect in the country and abroad, which will use its diversity as a trump card, a country united around the same ideal of peace and tolerance", Chirac said during his visit to Sarajevo in 1998. In addition, Jacques Chirac often emphasized that the history and fate of Bosnia and Herzegovina are deeply rooted in the history and fate of Europe, that all European peoples carry the scars of the generations victimized in wars, but also a hope for the future in Europe. He also called on accepting of a “great European ambition” in order for it to become a joint goal of all peoples in BiH, and that the leaders in BiH and all the youth that will be building its future reject the fatality of war, choose reconciliation and build a joint destiny.