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Review of Slovenia's Foreign Relations in 1996

Ljubljana, 25 December - SLOVENIA/FOREIGN/POLICY/REVIEW/1996
Slovenia's diplomacy was led by two Liberal Democrats, Zoran Thaler and Davorin Kračun in 1996. After the November parliamentary elections, the third foreign minister is expected to be nominated soon. Slovenia's foreign policy was nevertheless consistent this year, carrying on with integration of Slovenia into Euro-Atlantic structures. Adoption of the Spanish compromise proposal, still disputed by certain political forces in Slovenia, in the parliament (April 19) and arrival of a new centre-left government in Rome, finally freed Slovenia's road to signing the association accord with the European Union. The agreement was signed on 10 June in Luxembourg, when Slovenia also filed an official request for full EU membership. Slovenia thus formally joined the convoy of Central and Eastern European countries and the Baltic states waiting for the accession to "the proper and secure" Western Europe, which, however, is trying - with the implementation of the Schengen Pact, for example - to curb the migration tide from the East-South direction parallel and secure economic opening which is in its interest.

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