President to start consultations on new gov't on Tuesday

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday that she would launch consultations with parliamentary parties on a new government on Tuesday, as soon as the State Electoral Commission (DIP) provided her with the final official results of the recent early election.

"I will not allow any procrastination," the president said in an interview with the national broadcaster (HTV) in New York where she attended the Untied Nations' General Assembly meeting.

She added that it seemed to her that the ongoing negotiations between the relative winner of the election -- the Croatian  Democratic Union (HDZ) -- and other potential members of a parliamentary majority were going at a satisfactory pace.

Grabar-Kitarovic is hopeful that a stable government will be soon established and in this context she called for prioritising national and state interests over party interests.

DIP will on Monday release the official results of the September 11 parliamentary election, which marks the start of a 20-day deadline within which the new, 9th parliament should be convened as stipulated in the Constitution.

As for the controversial referendum which the Bosnian Serb leaders plan to hold in the Serb entity on Sunday, the Croatian president said that she was concerned over the rhetoric in the run-up to the referendum as it resembled the rhetoric in the early 1990s.

"Our primary interest are stability, security, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as the protection of the rights of the Croat people as one of the three constituent peoples in that state," she underscored.

She said that the developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of the topics of the talks she held with her interlocutors in New York. According to her, her interlocutors also share her concern about the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As for a possibility of the escalation of the migrant crisis and the reopening of the Balkan route, the Croatian president said that "currently, the situation is stable".

"However, we must be prepared for all scenarios from the worst-case to the best case scenario," she warned adding that Croatia did not want  a barbed-wire fence along the borders.

Considering Croatia's perception in the UN, Grabar-Kitarovic said that her country was seen by the World Organisation as a pillar of stability and as a country that cares for what is going on in its neighbourhood as well as in the world.

"I think we can be very satisfied with the reception Croatia has had this week."

Last update: Fri, 23/09/2016 - 22:11

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