President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Thursday the decision on Croatia’s candidate for the position of UN secretary-general should have been left up to the next government because Croatia’s parliamentary election was too near.
“I won’t go against the national candidate, but I think he must have broad support, nearly at national consensus level. This isn’t an international competition or a public invitation to which any candidate can apply, so this decision isn’t good and it will cause a rift in the country, I’m afraid. I have been waiting for months for the nominations for ambassadors and consuls to be sent into procedure and don’t know why they haven’t,” she told reporters.
The president was responding to the question from the press whether she would support the candidacy of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic, after the government decided behind closed doors earlier today to nominate her for the post of UN secretary-general.