World Bulletin/News Desk
World-famous writer, philosopher and friend of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bernard Henry-Levy said that Alija Izetbegovic became more popular after his death.
Giving an introduction speech at intellectuals session organized by Association of Independent Intellectuals which was held in Sarajevo on Sunday, Bernard Henry-Levy said:
"I am always glad and honored to come back to Sarajevo where I was elected the honorary citizen and it makes me extremely happy. I am glad that I attended the commemoration ceremony for the first President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Alija Izetbegovic where I spoke about my memories, work and character of Alija."
He thinks that Alija Izetbegovic is one of the great persons in the human history who became more important and popular after their death.
"After death, some people are forgotten while some become more important. After his death, Alija became and in future he will become more important and significant. His role will be appreciated and respected. He was organizer of the resistance in Bosnia, real European, even in the moments when Europe betrayed him and abandoned Bosnia," he said.
Levy believes that Europe abandoned Bosnia during the war.
"Europe owes a lot to Bosnia and Herzegovina. I am European and I am one of you. Now I am your citizen and in future I will speak in the name of Sarajevo and Bosnia everywhere I am. I am European of French origin, citizen of Paris and Sarajevo. I will continue to lobby for Bosnia," he stressed.
He thinks that Europe is facing crisis of identity and values.
"At this moment we face fatigue in Europe which is fatigue of European spirit," said Levy, adding "Europe does not believe in Bosnia anymore".
Concluding his speech, Levy said that former French President Francois Mitterand made big mistakes during the Bosnian war.
"There was a huge responsibility of the former President of France Francois Mitterand during the Bosnian war. I was his friend for about 20 years. Personally I conveyed him a message of Alija Izetbegovic on June 15, 1992 after what I fought with him because of different ways of thinking and I cut all relations with him, all because of Bosnia. France currently is ruled by Francois Hollande who shares my opinion regarding Bosnia. He also thinks that Mitterand made a mistake in the Bosnian war and I hope that he will find a way to correct it, because it is important for Bosnia and credibility of France," concluded Levy.
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