Fifth Anniversary of Declaring Independence
Ljubljana, 16 June - TOPIC/WEEK
Situated on the north of the Adriatic Sea and surrounded by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, the Republic of Slovenia definitely found its place in political, economic and security networks, following its strategic pro-European orientation and capitalizing on its geographical position. It signed the association agreement with the European Union, applying for full membership, joined CEFTA, signed the Partnership for Peace Programme and expressed the wish to become full member of NATO. Recognizing all countries having arisen in the territory of, it also offered diplomatic relations to the Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), which, however, has not yet responded to the initiative. With Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia, Slovenia has striven for implementing the principle of equality of all successor states including FRY in dividing the former Yugoslavia's property. Following lengthy negotiations, it took over in the past week its share of the former common state's debts, becoming finally exempt from the solidarity clause. Internally, it has committed itself to parliamentary democracy and free enterprise.
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