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Prime Minister Kosor issues New Year message

Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor on Wednesday issued a New Year message recalling that 2010 will be the 20th anniversary of the first free, democratic and multiparty elections in Croatia.

"I am proud and glad to underline that in these two decades we saw to it that the dream of many Croatian generations has come true," Kosor said in the message in which she wished a Happy New Year to all Croatian citizens.

She recalls that Croatia was admitted to NATO and has become a reliable and recognised partner participating in peace promotion worldwide as well as an important factor of stability and security in southeastern Europe.

"We have unblocked our negotiations with the European Union. Croatia's treaty of accession with the European Union is being compiled in Brussels, which shows that we are in the final stage of our historical path which will bring us back to our niche in the circle of the most developed Western democracies," Kosor said.

We are also aware of out difficulties we are faced with and of challenges ahead, the premier said reiterating that her government in 2010 would persist in implementing its goals such as preservation of every job and strengthening of the economy.

We will be firm and relentless in fighting corruption and in carrying out reforms in order to make it sure that nobody is above the law and that the rule of law is functioning, she wrote in her New Year message.