19:20 / 08.10.2021.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Address by the President of the Republic of Croatia Zoran Milanović

Croatian President Zoran Milanović

Croatian President Zoran Milanović

Foto: HTV / HRT

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the decision by Croatian Parliament to declare independence, the President of the Republic, Zoran Milanović, addressed the public live on Croatian Television’s prime time news broadcast. 

“Dear Croatian citizens, dear Croatian men and women. I have decided to address you today, October 8th, because every country has dates in its history that must be remembered and commemorated with dignity. There are many significant dates in the history of our homeland, but I believe that two are unavoidable, the cornerstones of Croatian freedom and independence,” said the President of the Republic Zoran Milanović.

“We solemnly celebrated one in August, Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day, and the other today, Independence Day. Our Croatian Republic is a young democracy, but as a state of the Croatian nation it has been known and recognized for centuries. The only thing missing in her long statehood was precisely independence, independence from other crowns, rulers and states. And that changed exactly 30 years ago, on October 8th, 1991. On that day, Croatian Parliament passed a decision on the severance of all state-legal ties with other republics and provinces of the former state, thus declaring the full and irreversible independence of the Republic of Croatia. It was the final confirmation from the highest representative body of the Croatian state, the will of the vast majority of Croatian citizens. The will that the citizens unequivocally showed in a referendum on May 19th of the same year, when they declared that they wanted to live in an independent and sovereign Croatia,” said the president.

Source: HRT

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