The mayor of Sarajevo, Benjamina Karic, and the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, signed an Agreement on establishing friendly relations between the two cities in Brussels on Monday.
Karic previously accepted Klitschko’s invitation to attend the Kyiv Investment forum, which is taking place in Brussels this year due to security reasons.
Here are the contents of the agreement between the capitals of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine:
“Based on friendly relations, the City of Kyiv and the City of Sarajevo (the “two cities” hereinafter) wish to develop fruitful cooperation in a wide range of economic, cultural, tourism, educational and other areas of mutual benefit and prosperity. In order to enhance the understanding and friendly cooperation between the two cities, the City of Kyiv, Ukraine, and the City of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, have agreed to establish friendly relations.
The cities of Kyiv and Sarajevo together profess European values of democracy, freedom and the rule of law. The two cities are committed to human rights and the principles of international law and promote peaceful coexistence in Europe.
According to the legislation of each municipality and the state, on the basis of the principles of equality and mutual benefit, friendly relations will be established between the two cities and cooperation in various fields will be strengthened.
In accordance with the principles of equality and reciprocity, the two cities agreed to strengthen cooperation and exchange of experiences in the areas of public space planning, infrastructure projects, new technologies, science and culture, tourism and other areas to support the prosperity and development of both cities.
The two cities shall endeavour to provide mutual support in crisis situations by providing humanitarian assistance, and political and economic support.
Two cities agree that the international relations units of the two cities will act as a unifying link on both sides. The two cities will maintain regular contacts, joint projects and activities in the above areas.
This Agreement does not affect other inter-city relations of any of the cities, and does not grant special or privileged legal statuses and rights to either party.”
It also says that the agreement consists of two original copies, printed in Ukrainian and English and that both are equally authentic and valid.