Prvi Mart Coordinator Emir Suljagic received a warm and receptive welcome during his visit on November 29, 2013 to St. Louis, Missouri — now home to more than 70,000 persons displaced by the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Suljagic met with members of the local Bosnian community where he stressed the importance of creating an effective, functional government in Bosnia-Herzegovina in which Bosnians of all backgrounds would enjoy equal rights as citizens of a democratic, pluralistic society.
Suljagic urged members of the St. Louis Bosnian Diaspora to exercise their constitutional right of representation by registering to vote and by participating in national elections in 2014. During his meetings with community leaders, Suljagic highlighted continuing discrimination against non-Serb citizens in the Republika Srpska and ongoing efforts by officials to there ignore the wartime genocide against ordinary Bosnians — most recently illustrated by the lack of acknowledgement of those whose remains are being unearthed in mass graves at Tomasica, near Prijedor.
Suljagic’s visit to St. Louis was part of a series of meetings in North America, including a keynote address at the Bosnian Statehood Day Observance and political action strategy meetings hosted by the Congress of North American Bosniaks in Atlanta, Georgia.