The newly-appointed War Veterans Minister, Tomislav Medved, on Tuesday held talks with representatives of war veterans, and Djuro Glogoski, leader of a national association of fully disabled Homeland War veterans, said that veterans who had been holding a sit-in rally outside the ministry since October 2015 would not move from there until they saw concrete progress in solving their problems.
Glogoski, who left the meeting which the protesters were holding with the new minister early, told reporters that the protesters' tent would remain outside the ministry because their problems remained unsolved.
"We said on the first day of the protest that we had not come to choose a new minister but to have veterans' problems solved. When we see progress and concrete moves by the minister and the task force, we may move the tent," said Glogoski.
Asked if a single law regulating veterans' rights and amendment of legislation on pension insurance was not enough to move the tent, Glogoski said that promises no longer sufficed and that the protesters would leave once they saw that their problems were being dealt with.
Glogoski expressed support for Medved, saying that they had been working for years on solving veterans' problems. He said that they did not discuss the protest but that Medved asked vetrans' associations for support in dealing with problems of the veteran community.
Asked what they talked about, Glogoski would not give a straightforward answer, saying only that the new minister presented his programme and called on veterans' associations to choose their representatives and submit their proposals to the ministry in the next ten days.
Drazimir Jukic, another representative of the protesting veterans, said that agreement was reached to form in the next ten days task forces comprising representatives of the War Veterans Ministry and veterans' associations that would be tackling veterans' problems.