“The President of the Republic of Croatia Zoran Milanović will participate in the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations. Upon arrival in New York, he commented on the topics to be presented at the General Assembly session. Asked if he would talk about topics such as the global recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran, President Milanović said: “I do not think I will talk about it, we need to focus more on it. which worries us and what life means to us, and that is Croatia and the area in which we live, Europe ”.
Milanovic announced several bilateral meetings, including one with the Turkish president. “Serious issues for us are developments at home, in the region, in the neighborhood, issues that we have discussed in recent days,” Milanov noted.
According to the press release of the Milanović cabinet, regarding the coronavirus pandemic, he said that in New York it is already the period after COVID after many people have been vaccinated. “Not that many of our people have been vaccinated. I have been saying this for months; it is time to start living normally. “If someone does not want to be vaccinated, they are not a threat to me, I start from myself, this must be understood and we must start living normally because we will not be able to eradicate this virus”, said Milanov.
Croatian President Milanovic began his stay in New York by visiting the Croatian Center of St. Nicholas Tavelic in the St. Cyril & Methodius and & St. Raphael Croatian Catholic Parish and a meeting with representatives of the Croatian community in New York.
In his address to representatives of the Croatian community, President Milanovic spoke of his view of Croatia, saying the state is not just a platform to promote a kind of exaggerated pride. “We love our country, it’s ours, and the best have fallen and given their lives for it. A small number of people fought for Croatia which is a member of the European Union today, is not without problems, doubts, fears and is trying to find its right path. “Today we are in that European Union and that is good for us, but as a small nation, we must get the most out of it, be selfish and fight for our interests,” said President Milanovic.
Regarding the topics to be discussed at the UN General Assembly session, President Milanović said he was more interested in developments in Croatia and its neighbors. “I am interested to know how you live, are you satisfied and do you plan to return to Croatia, I am interested in how Croats live in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “I can not do much, but as President, my voice is heard in the region, analyzed and criticized, but I will continue,” said the President.
In that sense, he expressed dissatisfaction with developments in the region, saying that Croatia is a factor of stability that others are trying to undermine. “Fortunately, it is no longer 1990, there is no threat of a serious conflict erupting. However, we have to look at what is happening in our immediate vicinity. People there behave as if there was no war and that there is no had learned from what happened in 1990. In all of this, Croatia and the government in power, I as President and my predecessor are calmer, more conciliatory and more rational.We are responsible for keeping the region calm, secure “and that life in Croatia remains normal and secure. Croatia is a very safe country,” underlined President Milanov.
“Paradoxically, despite the disputes in Croatia on a daily basis, in fact our country has never been more stable. What is essential is that it be even better and that we absorb every possible euro that is available in European funds. With the entry into the European Union we gave up a good part of our legitimacy and sovereignty, it is a major decision that engages generations; it is not without negative consequences. “Otherwise, the European Union does not have a deeper meaning for us”, added the President.
President Milanovi përfund concluded his speech to the Croatian community in New York with the following words: “Thank you for the warm welcome. I wish you good health. Long live our homeland that is also your homeland! “I will not say that the door is always open for you because it is your home as much as mine.”