|1st[a] President of Croatia|
30 May 1990 â€“ 10 December 1999
|Prime Minister||Stjepan MesiÄ‡ (1990)
Josip ManoliÄ‡ (1990â€“91)
Franjo GreguriÄ‡ (1991â€“92)
Hrvoje Å ariniÄ‡ (1992â€“93)
Nikica ValentiÄ‡ (1993â€“95)
Zlatko MateÅ¡a (1995â€“99)
|Preceded by||Ivo Latin (as President of the Presidency of Croatia)|
|Succeeded by||Vlatko PavletiÄ‡ (acting)|
|1st President of the Croatian Democratic Union|
17 June 1989 â€“ 10 December 1999
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Vladimir Å eks (acting)|
14 May 1922|
Veliko TrgoviÅ¡Ä‡e, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
|Died||10 December 1999
|Resting place||Mirogoj, Zagreb, Croatia|
|Political party||Croatian Democratic Union|
|League of Communists of Yugoslavia (1942-1967)|
|Spouse(s)||Ankica TuÄ‘man (nÃ©e Å½umbar)|
|Alma mater||Belgrade Military Academy
University of Zagreb
|Profession||Politician, historian, soldier|
|Religion||Lapsed Catholic (considered atheist by some), see Relation to the Catholic Church|
|Service/branch||Yugoslav Partisans (1942â€“45)
Yugoslav People’s Army Ground Forces (1945â€“61)
Croatian Armed Forces
|Years of service||1942â€“1961
|Rank||Major General (YPA)
|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.
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.
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.
If Yugoslavia is to exist, it can exist only as an alliance, a confederation of independent states.
You should give no indication that we wish the three-way division of Bosnia.
Whatever happened after the liberation of Krajina, this was in no way a violation of human rights by Croatian authorities.
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.
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.
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.