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WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS FROM SLOVENIA BETWEEN MAY 3 AND 9

Ljubljana, 16 May - Week of lively Slovenian diplomatic activity in the international arena, while there is "peace" in party show-downs and, in compliance with the new constitution, practice of "cross examining" the ministerial candidates, proposed by the new premier, Mr. Janez Drnovšek, is also underway. Near, yet far, Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to bleed this week, while the slow "pragmatic" diplomatic wheels grind on, without giving out much flour yet, although, more than before and, above all, the USA, the view has been affirmed that the butchering in the Balkans is (above all) the fault of Serbia, or should we say, the third Yugoslavia, which has christened itself the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Despite the sharp demands of Austria, Hungary and many other states, the FRY is not to automatically become the successor of former SFRY in international institutions and organizations - it will also probably lose its seat at the Conference on Safety and Cooperation in Europe - but a compromise on the "temporary" exclusion of FRY from the CSCE has been found at the end of the week on the tables of the diplomats in Helsinki, to which, in the opinion of experts, Russia, the "old ally" of Serbia has contributed the most for this. The fact that Cuba was the first to recognize third Yugoslavia confirms the thesis that Serbia (or FRY) is truly the last socialist island in Europe.

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