KLJUJIC RESIGNS// 11. 1992. • STJEPAN KLJUJIC// MEMBER OF THE BH PRESIDENCY
ORAL HISTORY - INTERVIEW
ORAL HISTORY - TRANSCRIPT
Member of the BH Presidency
‘On 19 December ‘92 according to the Constitution I should have become President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it was quite clear to me that without the help of the legal bodies that was impossible. Franjo Tudjman, hated me, because I was the first person who said ‘No’, to him. I had a political discussion with Izetbegovic who asked me to stand down of myself since they had no legal way of making me stand down. The Constitution made no provision for getting rid of people. Izetbegovic went along with the game, but he made a terrible gaffe when on his return from Zagreb he went to Grude and talked to Mate Boban. When he came to Sarajevo I said to him, ‘Alija, how could you go to Boban in Grude, you’re president of the country?’ But I didn’t then know about the game. Tudjman had said, ‘Get rid of Kljujic’, and Izetbegovic could remain President. So I wrote a letter to the Presidency and I can tell you the exact text. On the request of the HDZ I give up my place to Miro Lasic. Then I made a public statement to the people of Sarajevo that I would stay with them and share good and bad. So you see I didn’t resign. If I had resigned, according to the Constitution, no Miro Lasic would have constitutionally taken my place as a member of the Presidency. For us he was a man from the street, he didn’t take any part in the race for the Presidency.’
• In order for Sarajevans to join organized convoys that after a long delay have begun to leave the city, one needs to receive consent from the Sarajevo police, UN approval and consent from the Bosnian Serbs.
• Stjepan Kljujic, the BiH Presidency’s Croat member is forced to resign at the request of the HDZ, in favor of Miro Lasic, their new candidate.
• Sefer Halilovic, commander of the BiH Armed Forces, prohibits the departure of the convoy, but Pero Butigan, director of the Red Cross, insists that they are required to transport citizens. In the end, both convoys, one headed for Split and the other for Belgrade, manage to leave.
• Director Paul Masic makes the animated film "Coffee".
• "Sipad holding,” a factory for processing wood and producing furniture, possesses stores of wood that could be used for heating, but the question remains how it can be brought into Sarajevo. Wood shipments are stalled in Fojnica, Tarcin, Konjic ... all cities surrounding Sarajevo.
• Geneva, November 7th, 1992. In Geneva, during a conference on Bosnia, Radovan Karadzic, says that due to pressure from the international community for now he will abandon the request for a separate state, but he still holds requirements for great autonomy and the division of BiH into five areas. Haris Silajdzic demands the opening of a road corridor from Ploce - Mostar - Sarajevo
• A convoy of Sarajevo Slovenes, organized by the Association of Slovenes and the Slovenian government, leaves Sarajevo for Slovenia.
• UNPROFOR and the utility company 'Rad' undertake cleaning and the removal of a huge number of damaged vehicles from the street.
• The wounded wait to leave the city.
• A Hollywood team visits the editorial office of "Oslobodjenje," which operates in the basements of their completely destroyed headquarters situated on the front line of the city
• UNPROFOR receives a decision of the UN from Geneva stating that the official political and economic delegations from Sarajevo can use transport aircraft used to deliver humanitarian aid.
• The UNHCR advises Sarajevans to eat packed lunches from humanitarian aid every 6-7 days.
• The Post Office reconnects 30,000 phone lines just for priority cases, and only for local communication, as the connections to outside countries have been cut.
• The District Military Prosecutor's Office conducts an investigation of former UNPROFOR commander Louis Mackenzie
• In the city, banks are being established.
THE PRESIDENCY BUILDING
The building was located in the city center. It was built in 1885 in the Neo-renaissance style and it was modeled on 15th century Florence palaces. It was the favorite target. A great number of people was killed or wounded in the streets near the building. The Presidency remained in the building throughout the war and foreign politicians or delegations were always welcomed because their visits meant a temporary respite from shelling.