Addressing a scientific conference in Zagreb on the occasion of Tuđman’s 100th birth anniversary, Plenković said that Tuđman had played the key role in Croatia’s efforts to become an independent state.
Plenković highlighted the achievements of the first Croatian president in the establishment of democratic institutions, the defence of Croatia’s territory against the Great Serbia aggression from 1991 to 1995 and against the Slobodan Milošević regime as well as Croatia’s return to the community of European and world nations.
All that makes Tuđman the greatest Croatian politician and statesman, said Plenković.
Condemning the undemocratic movements in the modern Croatian political history and strong advocacy of Croatians’ right to sovereignty and modern democracy are some of Tuđman’s most important ideas, Plenković told the gathering.
Tuđman’s advocacy of the democratic right to express one’s own opinion and his struggle for the Croatian cause exposed him to repression during the Communist regime, Plenković recalled.
Plenković also recalled that 23 years had passed since Tuđman’s death, 33 since the establishment of the HDZ party, 32 since the first democratic multiparty election, 30 years since Croatia’s international recognition and the country’s admission to the United Nations.
Tuđman’s “Always and Everything for Croatia” should be a guiding principle to all of us policymakers who work responsibly for the benefit of the Croatian people in the homeland and for the benefit of the Croats as an equal constituent people in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the ethnic Croat minorities in the neighbouring countries, said Plenković, recalling Tuđman’s commitment to permanent ties between Croatia and Croatian expatriate communities.
He praised the era of the first Croatian president as a period of Croatian national renaissance.
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