Grabar-Kitarovic: I'm glad we agreed on SOA chief

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has expressed her satisfaction with the agreement with Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic to appoint Daniel Markic as new director of the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) and Pjer Simunovic as head of the Office of the National Security Council, stressing the importance of professionalism and independence in the work of the two services.

"I am glad that we have agreed. Our cooperation is very good, we are moving on," Grabar-Kitarovic told the press during a stroll through central Zagreb on Saturday.

Responding to a reporter's remark that the ruling HDZ party was against Markic's appointment, the president said that she could not comment on a party's views. "What is important is that this is the prime minister's proposal, on behalf of the government. As for any discussions or disputes, you should ask those involved," she added.

Asked if Markic was proposed by Dragan Lozancic, the previous SOA director, Grabar-Kitarovic said: "He was proposed by Oreskovic."

Commenting on the proposal to appoint Pjer Simunovic as new head of the Office of the National Security Council, Grabar-Kitarovic said that he was a top professional. "I believe he will be excellent in that position," she said, stressing the importance of professionalism and complete independence in the work of the two services in accordance with EU and NATO standards.

Last update: Sat, 26/03/2016 - 21:31
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