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[L - R] Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskvic
Photograph: Hina/ Dario GRZELJ/ dag

Croatian state officials on Friday attended the opening of new offices of the Croatian Generals Association (HGZ) in Zagreb, saying that they would protect Croatian veterans from indictments from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina charging them with a joint criminal enterprise.

The opening ceremony was attended by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner,  Caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskvic and other politicians and public figures.

The President thanked the generals and all Croatian veterans for their sacrifice and everything they did in the Homeland War, underscoring that Croatia's independence was achieved in that war, however, there were "other battles ahead of us."

"I don't just mean security threats that we witness throughout the European continent, along our eastern and southern borders; I don't just mean the migrant crisis, which has its dangers and requires the building of a system of homeland security, but also the protection of your dignity, freedom and the truth, in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. That is a battle against unjust indictments for alleged criminal, political, joint enterprises and the like. We know who we are. We know what we are. I, personally and on behalf of the Croatian state, guarantee that we will be with you; I will do my best so that the war between states does not continue verbally and with accusations because that is not the way to resolve the problem," she said.

She guaranteed the generals that the "issue of indictments and many other issues that burden relations between Croatia and neighbouring countries will be resolved."

Reiner, too, recalled the honourable role Croatian veterans and generals had in the Homeland War, adding that Croatia still needed them today.

"Because of everything that you have done for Croatia, we will not and must not allow you to be exposed to persecution by the aggressor and occupier which seems to be looming... I assure you that we will not allow that. Croatia will stand by you, protect you just as you protected and defended Croatia in the Homeland War," he said.

Prime Minister Oreskovic said that he was honoured to be in the company of members of the Croatian Generals Association, underscoring their honourable duty in the Homeland War and after.

"Alongside your rich experience and know-how, you have expressed readiness for cooperation in a number of current issues of national interest as well as offering constructive criticism, which is always welcome," he said.

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