19:40 / 24.09.2022.


Plenković addresses the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković at the UN

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković at the UN

Foto: Croatian Government / Twitter

Following two years of virtual and hybrid summits, global leaders have convened in New York for the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The assembly comes amidst a series of global crises, from the war in Ukraine, inflation, economic instability, terrorism and ideological extremism, to environmental degradation, devastating floods, droughts and fires.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković was in New York on Friday night, where he met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and addressed the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Plenković condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying that the consequences of the war are being felt globally. He also reminded that Croatia knows what it means to be attacked.

"Three decades ago, Croatia itself, was a war ravaged country, in jeopardy, also facing armed aggression. Almost a third of its territory was occupied. Additionally, we had to fight for international recognition and were under an arms embargo. The Croatian people know what it means to be under attack, and what it takes to defend their homeland. Against all odds, Croatia and the Croatian people prevailed. Many, especially our defenders, paid the highest price for our freedom and liberty. Stronger for its own experience, Croatia today is an exporter of peace and stability, and a humanitarian donor worldwide," Plenković said.

The prime minister went on to say that the world has forever changed and that as a result there is no alternative to greater international cooperation. He also addressed the issue of the status of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, calling on the UN's High Representative, Christian Schmidt, to ensure them equal rights ahead of the general elections: "As a friend of Bosnia and Herzegovina, I call upon him to use his powers, to ensure legitimate representation and equality of Bosnian Croats in the country's institutions following the 2nd October general election. As the least numerous among the constituent peoples, the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina demand no favors, only equality."

Source: HRT

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