General Stjepan Šiber passed away in Sarajevo yesterday at the age of 78, confirmed his son Boris.
Stjepan was one of the main organizers of the defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the aggression in 1992. Time and place of the funeral will be published soon.
Stjepan Šiber was born on August 20, 1938 in Gradačac, where he finished elementary and high school. After that, he went to Ljubljana in 1957 to attend the Military Academy of the Land Forces.
After graduating from the Academy, he became an active officer in the Yugoslav People’s Army, and until 1992 he progressed to the rank of colonel. In April 1992, he stood in the defense of the country. Chairman of the Presidency Alija Izetbegović suggested him to become a commandant of the Army of RBiH, but Šiber rejected the offer because the Minister of Defense was a Croat. He was appoited the deputy commandant of the Army of RBiH.
Šiber advocated for a unified Bosnia and Herzegovina founded on civil democracy. During the war, he stated that “he was accidentally born as a Croat, he could have been born as a Gypsy as well”.