FA 136

11 December 1999

Death of Franjo Tudjman, President of Croatia

I was saddened to learn of the death on 10 December 1999 of the President of Croatia, Dr Franjo Tudjman, after a long illness.

President Tudjman was regarded as the father of the Croatian nation, having steered his country through the difficult path towards independence in 1991. He served his country as President for almost eight years. The President's death comes at a particularly difficult time for Croatia, as the Croatian people face elections in January 2000.

Croatia and Australia share a long-standing and friendly relationship, which continues to expand. Recently, I announced the appointment of Australia's first Ambassador to Croatia, and I am confident the establishment of an Australian Embassy in Zagreb will be an important step in further enhancing our bilateral relationship.

There is a large Croatian community in Australia, for whom the loss of President Tudjman will be keenly felt. I extend my personal condolences to them and to the President's family in their time of sorrow.

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