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A group of members of Parliament from the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition sent an open letter to the Croatian government, the UN Security Council, and permanent and current non-permanent members of the UN Security Council warning that Vesna Pusic's candidacy for UN Secretary-General lacked the legal validity and moral legitimacy required for that high position.

"The candidacy of Vesna Pusic has no legal validity because she was nominated by the outgoing government led by Zoran Milanovic, and she exploited the legal vacuum before the formation of the new government, which in case of a debate would have certainly challenged her candidacy," reads the open letter signed by 22 members of Parliament from the Patriotic Coalition at the proposal of Pero Coric of the Croatian Party of Rights - Ante Starcevic (HSP AS).

The signatories to the letter also believe that Pusic lacks the moral legitimacy because as a member of the ruling coalition in 2001 she said that "Croatia waged a war of aggression in Bosnia and Herzegovina", which, they say, has caused lasting, irreparable damage to Croatia, notably on the foreign political front.

They also claim that along with then President Stjepan Mesic, Pusic is directly responsible for the UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia having turned into a political court, recently acquitting "the demonstrable war criminal Vojislav Seselj" while six Bosnia and Herzegovina Croats continue to be in the tribunal's custody, "unjustly and unjustifiably waiting for their verdict since 2004."

"What strips her of legitimacy is also her statement in which she downplays the victims and the responsibility of the aggressor in a just, defensive Homeland War, describing that war as a consequence of wrong policies. Croatia's international reputation was damaged precisely by Vesna Pusic as a representative of totalitarian Communist ideology," reads the letter.

The signatories also say that the worldview Pusic represents "cannot bring much good to humankind, given that due to lack of democracy, that worldview and Pusic are supported by certain interest groups at the UN for which we do not know who they represent, but they certainly do not represent Croatia."

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