Zagreb, 20 September 2021 (Hina/MIA) — In an address to members of the Croat expatriate community in New York on Sunday, Croatian President Zoran Milanović said that Croatia “is a very safe country” and that it had never been stabler as well as that it was responsible for its neighborhood staying safe as well.
Milanović arrived in New York on Sunday to attend the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, during which he is expected to hold several bilateral meetings, including with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
On the first day of his visit, Milanović met with representatives of the Croat community at the St. Nikola Tavelić Center, which is part of the Parish of Saints Cyril and Methodius and St. Raphael, and in his address to them, he said that he was more interested in developments in Croatia and its neighborhood than in topics to be discussed by the UN General Assembly.
“I cannot do a lot, but being President, my voice in the region is heard, analyzed and criticized, and I will go on,” Milanović said as quoted by a statement from his office.
He said he was dissatisfied with developments in the region, describing Croatia as the most rational stakeholder.
“Fortunately, this is no longer 1990, there is no danger of a serious conflict erupting. But we must follow what is happening in our neighborhood, and people there have been behaving as if war did not happen and no lessons were learned from what happened in the 1990s.”
“In all of that, Croatia and the incumbent government, I as President, and my predecessor are the calmest, most conciliatory and most rational.
“We are responsible for keeping the region peaceful, safe and for life in Croatia to stay normal and safe. Croatia is a very safe country,” he said.
Despite disagreements on a daily basis, Croatia has never been stabler, Milanović said in his address.
He also again underlined the importance of Croatia making the most of the benefits of its EU membership and fighting for its own interests and repeated his position on covid-19, calling for lifting epidemiological restrictions.