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Delo: Leaks in the Sanitary Dam

Ljubljana, 15 July - How will Slovenian authorities act now that it is quite clear that Croatia has practically closed its borders to new refugees from Bosnia and Hercegovina and has become a corridor between Bosnia and Western Europe, asks Veso Stojanov in this morning's edition of Delo. The author calls attention to the statements of certain governmental officials which suggest that the government simply does not know what to do. Should it listen to the defendants of a hard line and completely close its eastern and southern borders or should it continue to have a liberal policy?
Closing the border with Croatia to refugees from Bosnia and Hercegovina would perhaps be the most acceptable solution, in addition to which such measures, together with Croatia, might put some partial pressure on the international community, believes the author, and adds that on the other hand, closing the border could further worsen the already less than ideal relations with Croatia and begin a controversy over whether it is humane to turn back people wishing to find refuge in Slovenia from the war storm and massacres.

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