Croatian secret police ex-chief extradited to Germany

ZAGREB, Croatia, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Croatia Friday handed over a former secret police chief to Germany to head off further worsening of relations between European Union leaders and the newest EU member.

Ex-Croatian secret police head says he's innocent of killing

BERLIN, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The former head of the Croatian secret police, Josip Perkovic, has told Germany's Deutsche Welle he is innocent in the killing of a dissident.

Croatia talks South Stream

MOSCOW, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Croatia missed its chance to sign on to Russia's South Stream natural gas pipeline in 2007 and now needs Moscow's good graces to join the project, leaders said.

Hu, Mesic meet in Croatia

ZAGREB, Croatia, June 20 (UPI) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Croatia Saturday on the last leg of his three-stop Eastern European tour, officials said.

Croatia confident on EU ascension

ZAGREB, Croatia, July 16 (UPI) -- Croatian President Stjepan Mesic says he expects his country will be ready to formally join the European Union as early as next year.

Croatia parliamentary elections ahead

ZAGREB, Croatia, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Croatian President Stjepan Mesic on Wednesday set parliamentary elections for Nov. 25.

Kosovo dominates German DM's Balkans trip

ZAGREB, Croatia, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Germany’s defense minister has left for the Balkans Wednesday for talks with leaders there on the status of the Serbian breakaway province Kosovo.

Harsh words mar Croatia-Italy relations

BRUSSELS, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Diplomatic tensions between Italy and Croatia are running high, with an EU envoy scolding Croatia's president for criticizing the Italian head of state.

Serbia to demilitarize at Croatian border

ZAGREB, Croatia, June 27 (UPI) -- Serbia's president says his country will withdraw the military and leave police at its borders with Croatia, in compliance with European standards.

Croat leader says Gotovina not in Croatia

ZAGREB, Croatia, April 7 (UPI) -- Croatian President Stjepan Mesic says wanted war criminal Ante Gotovina was not in Croatia nor in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Croatia hopes to end EU talks in 2007

ZAGREB, Croatia, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader said Monday his country hoped to complete entry talks with the European Union in 2007.

Croatia sets date for elections

ZAGREB, Croatia, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The Croatian government has decided to hold presidential elections on January 2, 2005, the Vecernji List newspaper reported Wednesday.

Bush meets with world leaders

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush on Sunday met with leaders from Africa and South America in an effort to strengthen economic ties with the United States and promote re
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, White House reporter

Bush to provide $1B in aid to Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush on Saturday announced $1 billion in new aid for Pakistan, the United States' most important ally in the U.S.-led offensive in Afghanist
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, White House reporter

Bush holds round of bilateral talks

UNITED NATIONS, D.C., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- After seeking to rally the member states of the United Nations behind the U.S.-led effort to fight global terrorism, President George W. Bush settled into a sch
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, White House Reporter
Stjepan Mesic
WAX2000081097 - 10 AUGUST , 2000 - WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: Croatian President Stjepan Mesic (right) with a translator (center), speaks to an unidentified U.S. businessman after speaking to a gathering of business leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, August 10. Mesic was in town to drum up foreign investment in Croatia. iw/Ian Wagreich/Handout UPI

Stjepan "Stipe" Mesić (Croatian pronunciation: ) (born December 24, 1934) is a Croatian politician and the outgoing President of Croatia. He had previously held the posts of the Prime Minister of Croatia, President of the Croatian Parliament, Mayor of Orahovica, the final president of SFR Yugoslavia, Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement, and judge in Našice.

Mesić was a deputy in the Croatian Parliament in the 1960s, and was then absent from politics until 1990 when he joined the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), and was named the Prime Minister after HDZ won in the elections. He was elected as the Croatian member of the Yugoslav Federal Presidency where he served first as Vice President and then in 1991 as the last President of SFR Yugoslavia.

After Yugoslavia disintegrated, Mesić served as President of the Croatian Parliament from 1992 to 1994, when he left HDZ over disagreements about Croatian policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With several other members of parliament, he formed a new party - Croatian Independent Democrats (HND). In 1997 the majority of HND members, including Mesić, merged into the Croatian People's Party (HNS).

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