Croatian PM says fight for economy should be won now

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Friday that he came to Knin on Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day in memory of those who gave their lives and health for Croatia, adding that now was the time to win the fight for a better economy.

Speaking to the press, he would not comment on the fact that Social Democratic Party president Zoran Milanovic was not in Knin today, the 21st anniversary of Operation Storm.

"This is a day of honour and pride and we all know that our army came through when 18 percent of the country was occupied, liberating it," he said. "We should move on and remember what we fought for. And the fight is not over. We should also win the fight for the economy."

Justice Minister Ante Sprlje told reporters there should be no political divisions in society today because this was Victory Day. Croatia is not celebrating anyone's defeats but a victory of this country's citizens, who won the freedom so that all can be equal and not so that some could be more equal, he added.

"Today is a day of peace, a day when we are telling everyone that this is the state of all Croatian citizens, that we wish to create conditions for a better state."

Reporters asked Sprlje if Communist Party archives should be declassified and if that would damage, as some claim, the left wing, the right wing and the Church.

"I think it's not important who will be damaged but for the truth to come out. The dark parts of Croatia's history must be uncovered for the sake of past and future generations, but ourselves too," he said.

Last update: Fri, 05/08/2016 - 18:36

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