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Independence Day Ceremonies Stress Need for Unity

Ljubljana, 22 December - High-profile state ceremonies were held on Friday to mark Independence and Unity Day, the day in 1990 when the results of the referendum on independence were announced. Keynote speakers stressed that the unity at the time - 88.5% of all voters were in favour - should serve as an inspiration for the future.

Ljubljana, National Assembly
Constitutional Court President Janez Cebulj speaking at a special parliament session marking Independence and Unity Day.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana, National Assembly
Constitutional Court President Janez Cebulj speaking at a special parliament session marking Independence and Unity Day.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana, National Assembly
From left to right: National Council President Janez Susnik, President Janez Drnovsek, Constitutional Court President Janez Cebulj and Supreme Court President Franc Testen at a special parliament session marking Independence and Unity Day.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana, National Assembly
Special parliament session that marked Independence and Unity Day.
Foto: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana, National Assembly
Deputy Parliament Speaker Vasja Klavora speaking at the session of parliament that marked Independence and Unity Day.
Foto: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana, St. Nicholas Church
Ljubljana Archbishop Alojz Uran gives mass to mark the 16th anniversary of the referendum on Slovenia's independence.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Ljubljana, St. Nicholas Church
Ljubljana Archbishop Alojz Uran gives mass to mark the 16th anniversary of the referendum on Slovenia's independence.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Ljubljana, St. Nicholas Church
Senior government officials attend a special mass marking the 16th anniversary of the referendum on Slovenia's independence.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Ljubljana, St. Nicholas Church
Ljubljana Archbishop Alojz Uran gives mass to mark the 16th anniversary of the referendum on Slovenia's independence.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Ljubljana, St. Nicholas Church
Ljubljana Archbishop Alojz Uran gives mass to mark the 16th anniversary of the referendum on Slovenia's independence.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Ljubljana, St. Nicholas Church
Ljubljana Archbishop Alojz Uran gives mass to mark the 16th anniversary of the referendum on Slovenia's independence.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Ljubljana, St. Nicholas Church
Ljubljana Archbishop Alojz Uran gives mass to mark the 16th anniversary of the referendum on Slovenia's independence.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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