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President Rebuffs Criticism of Disputed Decoration

Ljubljana, 15 December - President Danilo Tuerk defended Tuesday his decision to award a former head of the communist secret police for his role in a key 1989 police operation, labeling the opposition's reactions "emotional and harsh" and "lacking a conciliatory tone".

Ljubljana
President Danilo Tuerk (pictured) defends his decision to award a former head of the communist secret police, labeling the opposition's reactions "emotional and harsh".
Photo. Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana
President Danilo Tuerk (pictured) defends his decision to award a former head of the communist secret police, labeling the opposition's reactions "emotional and harsh".
Photo. Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana
President Danilo Tuerk (pictured) defends his decision to award a former head of the communist secret police, labeling the opposition's reactions "emotional and harsh".
Photo. Daniel Novakovic/STA

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