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On the tenth anniversary of the Dayton Peace Conference, on November 17, 2005, the trilogy of Adamir Jerkovic "Alija close-up" was promoted in Sarajevo in the crowded hall of the Federation Army House. The title of the trilogy is intrinsically intriguing, and the name of the cycle "East of Dayton" helps us to determine the coordinates in which Adamir Jerković sees the character and work of the first president of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

One of the promoters of the book said that Jerkovic, as a close associate of Alija Izetbegovic, is faithfully telling about the first and uncertain steps of the country created and disjointed by Dayton Agreement. Presenting the trilogy, the promoters pointed out that the author, who was the adviser to Alija Izetbegović in the post-Dayton period, recorded interesting and some little known details from the time when Bosnia and Herzegovina struggled heavily to get on its feet. Because the Trilogy contains descriptions of important events and their actors and in whose center of attention, surely, is the first President of BiH, which, as stated by prof. Dr. Mirko Pejanović "thanks to Jerković we meet in different situations, as a politician and a common man, in moments of joy, sorrow, hope and anticipation, but also painful disappointments ...

The foreword to this historically relevant trilogy, which caused great interest in the domestic and foreign public, was written by the first Austrian ambassador to B&H Dr Valentin Inzko. Reviewers and promoters are eminent scientists from four Bosnian-Herzegovinian constitutive people: historian, prof. Dr. Enver Imamović (Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo), Islamologist - prof.dr. Šefik Kurdić (University of Zenica), political scientist - prof.dr. Mirko Pejanović (Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo) and philosopher, academician Prof. Vladimir Vlasov (Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo).

Already 51 promotions have been held in the following cities: Sarajevo, Jablanica, Visoko, Konjic, Kakanj, Zavidovići, Goražde, Ključ, Breza, Ilijaš, Gradačac, Olovo, Živinice, Mostar, Maglaj, Sanski Most, Bosanska Krupa, Bužim, Općina Novi Grad, Čelić, Teočak, Sapna, Lukavac, Banovići, Srebrenik, Bugojno, Doboj-Istok, Travnik, Dubrovnik, Gračanica, Donji Vakuf, Općina Doboj-Jug, Cazin, Bihać, Tešanj, Jajce, Odžak, Pula, Umag, Sisak, Karlovac, Kopar, Rijeka, Rovinj, Osijek, Slavonski Brod, Gunja, Brčko, Celje, Mariboru, Zadru i Istanbulu.

Promotions have been agreed in other cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and diaspora. The trilogy has caused great interest in international diplomatic circles. Following the promotion in Sarajevo, almost all ambassadors accredited to Bosnia and Herzegovina, including senior representatives Paddy Ashdown, Wolfgang Petritsch and Christian Schwarz Schilling, who all received Jerkovic.

 Publisher: «Dom štampe». The book is printed in three volumes (a hard laminated coverr) and packed in a design box, which follows the basic look of the book cover.

Page count: 905. Format: 17x24

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Biography

Born 22.2.1958. In Nemila as the first son of Hasan and Sevleta Jerkovic.

Journalistic career began in the Zenica newspaper “Our Word” in 1976, where he writes feuilleton “In the Encounter with Colombia”, in which he introduces countries participating in the fifth non-aligned summit movement. He started working at Radio Zenica in 1977, where he passed all the stages of journalistic career, from journalist to editor-in-chief. As the Secretary of the Presidency of OK SSRNJ Zenica (Socialist Alliance of the Working People of Yugoslavia) he was elected in 1989, and from that position he was nominated for the President of the Municipality of Zenica. He was elected councilor of the Municipality of Zenica, but he resigned soon. He was a longtime journalist – correspondent of RTV Sarajevo, and during the aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina, the editor-in-chief of the TV district of Zenica – ITC RTV BiH.

He is a writer of numerous analytical articles and comments for domestic and foreign press. He edited a well-known and highly-attended political show “Meetings of the Worlds”, which was broadcast weekly in the Radio-Zenica program.  This show not only did the analysis of the events, but accompanied by correspondents from abroad and reporting  about Bosnia and Herzegovina in the centers of world political powers. After the war, he switched to the foreign-political editorial office of TVBiH, publishing comments and analyzes that remain remarkable in the public of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region.

Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Alija Izetbegović entrusted him with the position of advisor in his cabinet in 1997. He was a member of state delegations in bilateral meetings with heads of state, prime ministers and world leaders, as well as at international conferences dedicated to B&H, from donor to Stability Pact for South East Europe, July 30, 1999. At the time of strengthening of B&H institutions, as a person with an international public relations certificate, he was appointed as the first spokesperson of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He led delegations in the country and beyond its borders.

After the withdrawal of the President of B&H Alija Izetbegović from the active politics on 14 October 2000, he retained the function of advisor to the new member of the Presidency of B&H Halid Genjac and his successor Beriz Belkic.

By decision of the Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina he was appointed on 24 March 2000 as the President of the Management Board of the Postal Bank of BH and he has been performing this duty successfully for two years. He was also elected to the first management of the new business entity – JP BH Post, where he served as assistant general manager. After that, from 2003 to 2007 he is the Advisor to the Federal Minister of Labor and Social Policy for Legal and Economic Affairs.

After that, he was appointed on April 26, 2007 for the Director of the Archive of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He encounters  the Archives with seriously disturbed relations, but he succeeds in establishing a good working atmosphere and enviable working and technological discipline in a short time. He opens the Archives of Federation of B&H Federation to the local environment and establishes institutional links with many archives in the world.

He is the President of the Commission for the Professional Archivist Examination of the FBiH since 2007, and since 2009 he is the President of the Managing Board of the Association of Archival and Administrative Workers of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the two professional associations of archivists.

Awards and recognitions

He was awarded several times for journalistic engagement, and he received the first award of the Association of Journalists of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zenica “Golden Pen” on two occasions (1981 and 1983)

He was also awarded the most significant archival award awarded by the Federation Archive “Plaque king Tvrtko Prvi Kotromanić” for international presentation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, total archival contribution as well as stabilization of the Archive of the Federation of BiH.

 

Why i wrote the books

I met Alija Izetbegovic in Zenica in the war in 1993 while he was visiting the combat positions of the Bosnian Army. I’ll see him later, very often. Although an elderly man, poor health, he arrived at dangerous front lines to find himself near his soldiers. He did not approve of pompous greetings and rich dining because he knew that the defenders of Bosnia and Herzegovina were hungry more than their own. These were important details for me, which, perhaps, and decisively influenced the final formulation of my thoughts about him.

After the war, I followed his hard and persistent struggle for the political defense of the concept of a Bosnia and Herzegovina as whole. Firstly, as a foreign policy editor in Television B&H, and later as his advisor while he was President of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

When Alija Izetbegovic offered me the position of my media and PR consultant, I could not decide for a long time. Journalism, and especially foreign policy, attracted me irresistibly, and as a television commentary, I found great satisfaction and constant inspiration. The transition to politics meant a conscious renunciation of creative happiness and the acceptance of something that was far from virtue and human sincerity.

What could a man expect in a “court”?

 

Honey and milk – not at all, but intrigue certainly. Nevertheless, the desire to be a witness of history and an active participant in the renewal of the war torn country, I decided to accept Izetbegovic’s offer and this challenge. After aggression, Bosnia went through an important period in its history. It was struggling in tight,Dayton clothing, gasping to find a breath, and in that cramp few people found it beautiful, except for those who loved her. To those, to whom Bosnia was a relic, they did not concede to the fact that the primeval beauty of the ancient land would be forever trapped in the den of Dayton tailors. I was determined, like most B&H citizens, to fight for her life and help her get out of tight skin. And from that position, the possibilities for continuing the fight were great. I had another motive. I was the personal choice of Alija Izetbegovic, not the “solution” of a personnel circle. These reasons were “decided” to accept his offer.

As in the new circumstances, in my mind, a “captured” journalist remained, I thought that I had a moral responsibility towards the public, following the close proximity of the main creator of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s reality and the designer to the future, I testify to the emergence of the new BiH.

I thought that I could indirectly, from the perspective of the present, be perceived in the past, at another and different time with a lot of “truths”, which are obligatory companion of confusing times. Countless dilemma: an intriguing war of the past, controversial decisions made in special circumstances, a multitude of generals after the fronts, the inflation of political strategists, who would never “sign” Dayton, and many of them suspicious, who did not want to see that the war was brought from outside, they tend to speculate if the war could have been avoided, only that the Bosniaks (but not others; sic ?!) gave up on nationalism …

I entered the Cabinet of Alija Izetbegovic without any prejudices and definite attitudes. My intention was to testify the truth and honestly record everything that could contribute to the understanding of the work and the perception of the character of Alija Izetbegovic. Of course, I did not have any unknown stories about his romantic dreams about Muslim Bosnia. I tried to identify it in his behavior, actions, conversations, and clues. Whether these dreams, which were speculated about, were “forgotten”, perhaps, “perturbed” in him as unrealistic, whether they were forever “driven out” from his life, if ever they were, I do not know I can not answer that question. But I can testify that at the time of my close, very close cooperation with President Izetbegovic, such ideas have never been mentioned.

The constant of his policy at a given time was the consolidation of the foundations of a whole and independent Bosnia and Herzegovina and a sharp opposition to separatism, the strengthening of the state with all its attributes and, in particular, the return of refugees.

The book, which I present to the public as a personal contribution to the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Dayton, does not pretend to be a historical reading. It does not speak exclusively and primarily about Alija Izetbegović in the designated time and concrete situations, but, among other things, she tries to reconstruct the political moment of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the time.

I tried to make my personal relationship, filled with sympathies towards this man, who did not charge me with anything, like myself, does not affect the objectivity of the weather story and Alija Izetbegović in it. The record, which follows on the pages of this book, relied on very precise notes from my diary on the President’s interviews and encounters, as well as his observations and comments on people and events. Of course, some facts and data that could harm Bosnia and Herzegovina and hurt some people, I deliberately left out, leaving that kind of testimony for some other occasion. During a very correct cooperation with Alija Izetbegovic, I did not always share his views and opinions, especially with regard to some unreasonable media moves that harmed him, and he withdrew them regardless of the price. But the relationship of sincere respect has always remained.

Adamir Jerković