Croatian President, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic said she did not believe that Croatia and Serbia would ever agree about the past, but that they must work together for the better future.
“I don’t believe that we will ever agree about the past, but we have to work together for the better future for both sides,” Grabar Kitarovic told N1.
Commenting on the speech of Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic who compared the 1995 Croatian military operation “Oluja” (which 23rd anniversary was marked on Saturday) with the persecution of Anna Frank, Kitarovic said that Vucic’s statement “will not change either history or the present.”
Croatian President, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, handed out medals of h honour for their significant contribution to Croatia’s defense in the civil war to retired general-colonels Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac.
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Asked when would be the time for the Croatian and Serbian sides to pay tribute to all victims of the war in Knin, she said that the two sides had to work towards a better future.
In a speech in Backa Palanka, at the central commemoration on the occasion of the anniversary of the Oluja military operations which caused a mass-exodus of the Serbs from the Knin area, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic compared the Oluja operation with the Nazis who sent Anna Frank to a concentration camp in 1944.
“We cannot forget the Homeland War and Croatian soldiers who defended Crotia”, President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar- Kitarovic said in Knin, on the occasion of the anniversary of Oluja. “The Homeland War and Croatian war veterans should not be forgotten and the values of the patriotic unity must be transferred to future generations, as this is the key to the successful build up of Croatian society, the whole country and a better future”, Grabar-Kitarovic added.
She also assessed that new challenges were ahead of Croatia, and the priority was developing the Croatian society and creating better living conditions for all Croatian citizens.
“A satisfied citizen is the greatest strength of the society and the state, and a strong state is a prerequisite of security in the modern world full of security challenges”, she went on to say.
The president of Croatia also said that allocating funds to defense and security should not be considered a cost, but an investment in the future, science, education, research, development, economy and a secure future.
Grabar-Kitarovic also pointed out that Oluja was “a magnificent victory in a unique battlefield” and that “the aggressor suffered total defeat in further military operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which created conditions for the peace that we live in today”.
She also pointed out that Oluja became an example of a successfully conducted military operation that was being studied at many military schools in the world.
(Naslovi.net, Beta, 05.08.2018)
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