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OVERVIEW OF THE SLOVENIAN PRESS

Ljubljana, 24 June - DELO: BETWEEN RENEGADES AND BORDER GUARDS - Lord Carrington, president of the conference on Yugoslavia, is too late or too early for any peace process at the moment, states Damijan Slabe in connection with Carrington's invitation of the Croatian, Bosnian and Hercegovinian, and Serbian presidents to discussions in Strasbourg. Slabe explains: Carrington is too late because he did not, when the moment was right, prevent the Serbian-Croatian conflict from crystallizing. It is clear even to laypeople that the process, which started as a political struggle for either a federation or a confederation, has transcended all phases of confusion and become a nationalistically colored settling of accounts between the two largest nations of the former Yugoslavia. On the other hand Carrington's invitation to Tuđman and Milošević-Izetbegović is not important anyway - it is too early, up to now the war has not been enough to force the two to the negotiations table. As Lord Carrington is probably aware of this and of the fact that any effective military intervention in the present critical phase of the Balkan accounts-settling would be too much of a risk, only one logical explanation remains. The image of an interest in negotiations and in a peaceful unraveling of the madness must be preserved, even if with soldiers, -- all in the name of a threatening international community's democracy. At the same time, Milošević's pulse has to be taken since the embargo treatment, Tuđman must be pursuaded not to go too far, and Izetbegović to hold on a little longer.

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