17:59 / 25.06.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Croatia celebrates Independence Day

The first Croatian President Franjo Tuđman

The first Croatian President Franjo Tuđman

Foto: Screenshot / HRT

June 25th is Independence Day in Croatia, a memorial day. On June 25th 1991 Croatian Parliament adopted a historic decision to initiate the process of secession from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

At that historic session, members of Croatian Parliament, led by the first Croatian President and person most responsible for renewing Croatian statehood, Franjo Tuđman, passed the Constitutional Decision on the Sovereignty and Independence of the Republic of Croatia and the Declaration on the Proclamation of the Sovereign and Independent Republic of Croatia. Here is excerpt from President Tuđman’s address to parliament on that historic day: "It is with unambiguous joy and pride we announce to all of the republics and allied bodies of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the entire world, the sovereign wish expressed by the Croatian people and all of the citizens of this republic, that, as of today the Republic of Croatia be declared an independent and sovereign country. May our independent and sovereign Republic of Croatia live in eternity."

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković issued his greeting to the Croatian people on the occasion: "Soon we will mark nine years of full membership in the European Union, and we have met all the criteria for our approaching membership of the Schengen Area and the Eurozone, which will make Croatia part of the inner European family, where we historically belong. We are glad that we are marking this year's Independence Day with the imminent opening of the Pelješac Bridge, which will connect Croatian territory in the south forever."

In his greeting Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković called for unity in the face of new challenges: "Today's Croatia is based on the values of freedom, peace, equality, rule of law, solidarity and respect for human rights. In a time of great global change … only united can we find answers to contemporary challenges and ensure economic and social stability."

Meanwhile, a ceremony was held in Ivanić Grad today to pay homage to all of the veterans from Zagreb County who gave their lives for Croatian independence. The commemoration marking Veterans’ Day in Zagreb County was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Veterans’ Affairs Minister Tomo Medved: "279 Croatian defenders from Zagreb County gave their lives defending our homeland in the Homeland War. The message is that patriots, people from this county, recognized that historic moment and volunteered to join in the defense of our country on all battlefields, where they gave their massive contribution. Unfortunately, we are still searching for the remains of five defenders from this county."

Source: HRT

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