Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic.jpeg
Photograph: Hina\Tomislav Pavlek\tp

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."

Related stories

Latest news

Trump-style rhetoric is making world more dangerous, Amnesty says

Divisive and "poisonous" language used by politicians such as US President Donald Trump is putting vulnerable populations at risk and making the whole world a more dangerous place, Amnesty International charged on Wednesday.

Canada soon to begin resettling Iraqi refugees, most of them Yezidis

Canada will resettle 1,200 survivors of the Islamic State campaign to target religious minorities in northern Iraq, Canadian officials announced Tuesday. 

Breitbart editor resigns after release of paedophilia comments

Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial editor at the far-right Breitbart news website, resigned Tuesday after the emergence of recordings in which he appears to defend sexual relationships between young boys and older men.

Trump administration opens door for mass deportations

The US Department of Homeland Security laid the groundwork Tuesday for mass deportations of immigrants living illegally in the United States under an executive order by President Donald Trump last month.

Brexit bill: House of Lords says public can change mind on leaving EU

The British public should be able to change their minds on Brexit - just as Prime Minister Theresa May did, the upper chamber of parliament heard Tuesday during a marathon debate on legislation to kick off EU negotiations.

Italian lawmakers, rights activists clash over gay sex club scandal

Gay rights activists and conservative politicians clashed Tuesday after the chief of Italy's anti-discrimination office quit over allegations that money had been authorized for gay sex clubs.

EU countries agree new rules to avoid tax evasion

European Union finance ministers in Brussels on Tuesday reached a political agreement on new rules to ensure that multinational corporations do not declare profits in the countries where they pay the least tax but in the countries where they generate it.

Trump condemns "horrible, painful" anti-Jewish incidents

US President Donald Trump condemned a recent spate of threats against Jewish community targets across the United States, during a visit Tuesday to the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

FinMin expects Croatia to exit Excessive Deficit Procedure this spring

Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said on Tuesday Croatia could exit the Excessive Deficit Procedure this spring and that it was showing progress in correcting macroeconomic imbalances.

Austria seeks to create jobs, but new EU immigrants need not apply

Austria plans to create 160,000 jobs in the next three years by subsidizing companies, but the project has raised concerns because it effectively excludes people who recently immigrated from other EU countries.

Juncker: Not good for W. Balkans that some in Washington want to water down EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday it was not good for Western Balkan countries that some people in the new US administration gave the impression of being against the European Union because those countries needed the prospects of EU membership.

Citizens invited to help create Croatian version of Monopoly

A project to create a Croatian edition of Monopoly, in which citizens can participate by submitting proposals and which could become a souvenir for tourists, was presented at a press conference on Tuesday.

German state approves full-face veil ban

Legislation that bans face veils in select public spaces and situations was agreed by the government of the southeastern German state of Bavaria on Tuesday.

Indian restaurant Gaggan in Bangkok named Asia's best for third year

Bangkok's Indian eatery Gaggan on Tuesday was named the best restaurant in Asia for the third consecutive year by Asia's 50 Best Restaurants.

HGK: 16 Croatian companies to exhibit at IDEX defence exhibition

Sixteen Croatian companies will exhibit their products at the 13th IDEX 2017 defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi, to be held on February 19-23.