Jelena Milić Appointed New Serbian Ambassador to Croatia

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Image: Hrvoje Jelavic/PIXSELL
Image: Hrvoje Jelavic/PIXSELL

Milić, born in 1965, was appointed by a decree of President Aleksandar Vučić which goes into force on Thursday.

From April 1997 until February 1999, Milić worked on a Serbian Helsinki Committee on Human Rights project for the return of Serb refugees to Croatia. 

In the late 1990s, she actively supported the non-violent Resistance movement, which contributed to the fall of Slobodan Milošević.

Milić established the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Studies in 2007 and was its executive director until its closure last year. The centr advocated Serbia’s EU and NATO membership.

She is considered well-versed in Serbia’s relations with the EU and NATO as well as in Russia’s influence in the Western Balkans and the status of Kosovo.

Milić’s appointment as Serbia’s ambassador in Zagreb in the middle of campaigning for parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia has been condemned by the conservative right opposition.

The NADA coalition said that “because of decades of representing positions contrary to Serbia’s interests, one can conclude that Croatia and NATO got an ambassador, not Serbia.”

The Patriotic Bloc called Milić a “long-standing NATO lobbyist” and that her appointment was “a huge insult to the 250,000 expelled Krajina Serbs.”

For more, check out our dedicated politics section.


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