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Weekly Review of Events in Slovenia from October 21 to 28

Ljubljana, 28 October - On Sunday, the congress of the Slovene Christian Democrats (SKD) finished. Their decision to include in the party's programme an item on "the national reconciliation and redress for injustices (they speak about a bloody revolution during World War II without mentioning the national resistance) was not greeted by everybody. On Tuesday, the October session of the parliament started, while a new round of talks between the Slovene and Italian delegations was held on Thursday in Rome. The purpose of the negotiations is to solve the open questions in the bilateral relations prior to the announced mandate for the beginning of negotiations on a association agreement between Slovenia and the EU. The Roman negotiations were at the same time the final act of Lojze Peterle, who is leaving the Foreign Ministry on October 31. By the time a new minister is appointed, which must not last longer than three months, Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek will assume duties of foreign minister. Drnovšek refused the candidacy of Andrej Umek (SKD). The Slovene public was upset by the news that Privredna banka from Zagreb was selling the majority stake of the Elan company from Begunje to an unknown firm Elite America Corporation from San Diego, California, at the price of DEM 70 million. President of the US company is Frank Kadria, an Albanian allegedly with political ambitions. The monthly inflation rate was 2 per cent in October; this is the second highest monthly inflation rate in 1994. In August, there were 124,450 unemployed people in Slovenia; the unemployment rate was 14.3 percent.

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