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(E) The Forum of Croatian Unity (Forum Hrvatske Sloge)
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  01/15/2002 | Politics | Unrated
(E) The Forum of Croatian Unity (Forum Hrvatske Sloge)
Click Here: Crown Home PageFor Dialogue, Tolerance and TogethernessZagreb, December 19, 2001. The Forum of Croatian Unity (Forum Hrvatske Sloge), An Association of Citizens for Dialogue, Tolerance, and Togetherness, held its working convention in the European Hall in Zagreb, on December 19. 2001. The Association was founded in Zagreb on October 26, 2001, and was registered on November 13, 2001.The Association brings together an impressive number of political heavyweights and outstanding figures from all walks of Croatian public life, including former prime ministers, ministers, ambassadors, current and former Sabor deputies, university professors, museum directors, and professionals. To name just a few: Davorin Rudolf, Zdravko Tomac, Franjo Greguric, Josip Juras, Ante Klaric, Vesna Skare-Ozbolt, Ante Lauc, Vladimir Malekovic..."The Forum is not a political party," Dr Davorin Rudolf, the President of the Association, said in his opening speech. "It is not based on any leftist or rightist ideology, but on a program of peaceful, stable, progressive, democratic, and European Croatia. Our goal is to contribute. among other things, to a consensus concerning the key issues of Croatia and her future."At the Founding Assembly in October, there were about 50 people, including the Canadian Member of Parliament of Croatian origin, Janko Peric, and a number of well-known Croatian Americans. Partnership between Croatian home and abroad is among the planks of the Association’s program.The working convention presented the Presiding Board of the Association: Davorin Rudolf (President), Osman Mufti_ (Vice President), Josip Juras (Secretary), Marina Loki_-_u_ul, Zdravko Tomac, Ante Klari_, Franjo Greguri_, Mirko Bari_i_ (Members), and Ivana Pezo (Secretary to the Board).The Convention elected the Governing Board of 77 members (with a proviso of extending it up to 120 as the Association spreads throughout Croatia), the Committee of Control, and the Council of the Impartial; it adopted eight committees (economy, human rights, legal system, Liberation War issues, national security and internal affair, foreign affairs, health and social security, and science, education, and culture). The ninth committee, for relations between homeland and the Croats abroad was proposed, and also adopted. This may be of a particular interest for the Croatian diaspora as, in our opinion, partnership between Croats at home and abroad, a creation of a Global Croatia, is a key to stable and prosperous future of Croatia and Croatian people, an issue so far either mishandled or neglected by Croatian authorities. Let us hope that the new Association may bring this home to the current Croatian Government!The National Convention of the Forum is set for January 17, 2002. The "Forum Hrvatske Sloge" (The Forum of Croatian Unity) Establishes Committee for Relations Between Homeland and the Croats AbroadZagreb, January 1, 2002. – The Committee for Relations Between Homeland and the Croats Abroad of the "Forum Hrvatske Sloge" (The Forum of Croatian Unity), an NGO dedicated to "dialogue, tolerance, and unity," has initiated its work with the coming of the new year. The Committee is headed by the Croatian-American writer, journalist, and scholar, Vladimir Goss; its members are: Drazen Jurkovic, Ivanka Jelic, Marina Vokic-Zuzul, Ante Lauc, Nada Plesnik, Zdravko Mrsic, Vesna Skare-Ozbolt, Ivan Majdak and Vuk Peric (U.S.). As the Forum gains more members abroad, the Committee will add several representatives from Croatian diaspora. The main objective of the Committee is to advise the leadership and the members of the Forum on the current issues bearing in relations between the Homeland and the Croats abroad, to prepare relevant materials for the media, and to act as a bridge between the Forum and the Croatian diaspora. Among its direct goals, one should stress creating ties between Croatia and its diaspora, attracting Croatian diaspora investment and stopping the sale of Croatia’s assets to foreigners, creating mechanisms for studying and understanding Global Croatian culture, transfer of knowledge and professional experience, and building a Global Croatia lobby to spread truth about Croats and Croatia. According to a member of the Committee, one of the immediate issues facing the Committee is "representation of the dispora Croats in the Croatian Sabor... since a new electoral law is being prepared, and this would be a good opportunity to present, loudly and clearly, our attitude toward the role of the diaspora in Croatia’s future." The Forum was founded in Zagreb on October 26, and it held its Working Convention on December 19. The Forum, headed by Dr. Davorin Rudolf, is not a political party, does not subscribe to any right or left ideology, but is working on a program of a peaceful, stable, democratic and European Croatia. Among other things, the Forum wants to contribute to a consensus on strategic questions facing Croatia today. For the time being, until the Forum establishes its e-mail and web-site, for more information please contact vgoss@aol.comdistributed by CROWN - - CroWorldNet@aol.comNotice: This e-mail and the attachments are confidential information.If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this e-mail and the attachments is strictly prohibited and violators will be held to the fullest possible extent of any applicable laws governing electronic Privacy. If you have received this e-mail in error please immediately notify the sender by telephone or e-mail, and permanently delete this e-mail and any attachments.
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