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Franjo Tuđman
1st[a] President of Croatia
In office
30 May 1990 â€“ 10 December 1999
Prime Minister Stjepan Mesić (1990)
Josip Manolić (1990–91)
Franjo Gregurić (1991–92)
Hrvoje Šarinić (1992–93)
Nikica Valentić (1993–95)
Zlatko Mateša (1995–99)
Preceded by Ivo Latin (as President of the Presidency of Croatia)
Succeeded by Vlatko Pavletić (acting)
1st President of the Croatian Democratic Union
In office
17 June 1989 â€“ 10 December 1999
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Vladimir Å eks (acting)
Personal details
Born (1922-05-14)14 May 1922
Veliko Trgovišće, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
(now Croatia)
Died 10 December 1999(1999-12-10) (aged 77)
Zagreb, Croatia
Resting place Mirogoj, Zagreb, Croatia
Nationality Croat
Political party Croatian Democratic Union
Other political
League of Communists of Yugoslavia (1942-1967)
Spouse(s) Ankica Tuđman (née Žumbar)
Children Miroslav
Alma mater Belgrade Military Academy
University of Zagreb
Profession Politician, historian, soldier
Religion Lapsed Catholic (considered atheist by some),[1] see Relation to the Catholic Church
Military service
Allegiance Yugoslavia
Service/branch Yugoslav Partisans (1942–45)
Yugoslav People’s Army Ground Forces (1945–61)
Croatian Armed Forces
Years of service 1942–1961
Rank Major General (YPA)
Vrhovnik (HV)[2][3]
Unit 10th Zagreb Corps
Battles/wars World War II in Yugoslavia
Croatian War of Independence
^a 1st counting from the 1990 Croatian parliamentary election. 17th Croatian president overall.

All sorts of other lies are being spread today, I do not know what else they will invent. I've heard that I'm of Jewish descent, but I found, I knew of my ancestors in Zagorje from around 350 years ago, and I said, maybe it would be good to have some of that, I guess I would be richer, I might not have become a Communist.
Franjo Tudjman
Let's make a deal with the Serbs. Neither history nor emotion in the Balkans will permit multinationalism. We have to give up on the illusion of the last eight years… Dayton isn't working. Nobody – except diplomats and petty officials – believes in a sovereign Bosnia and the Dayton accords.
Franjo Tudjman
The estimated loss of up to six million dead is founded too much on both emotional, biased testimonies and on exaggerated data in the postwar reckonings of war crimes and on the squaring of accounts with the defeated.
Franjo Tudjman
I joined the anti-Fascist struggle with my best friend, who was a Jew.
The West wanted to avoid an Islamic state in Europe.
If Yugoslavia is to exist, it can exist only as an alliance, a confederation of independent states.
Franjo Tudjman
You should give no indication that we wish the three-way division of Bosnia.
Franjo Tudjman
Whatever happened after the liberation of Krajina, this was in no way a violation of human rights by Croatian authorities.
Franjo Tudjman
I haven't mentioned another argument, The Hague tribunal. It is clear our generals and all of you who are sitting here now with me could end up there, too.
Franjo Tudjman
Then, as if that's not enough, then they declare that my wife is Jewish or Serbian. Luckily for me, she never was either, although many wives are. And so on and so forth spreading lies.
Franjo Tudjman
The Muslims wanted to reign over the whole of Mostar, then gain ground to the sea and finally create an Islamic state. That is what our Croatians defend themselves against.
Franjo Tudjman