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Communist congress walkout a major independence milestone

Ljubljana, 22 January - Thirty years to the day, the Slovenian delegation walked out of the 14th Congress of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia in Belgrade, in what participants as well as historians deem one of the key moments in the dissolution of Yugoslavia, one that presaged Slovenia's independence.

Pivka
The Yugoslav coat of arms, the flags of the Yugoslav republic of Slovenia and of Yugoslavia behind the bust of Yugoslav leader Josip Broz - Tito (1892-1980) at the Park of Military History in Pivka, a leading Slovenian military history museum.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA
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Ljubljana
A symposium marking thirty years since the Slovenian delegation walked out of the 14th Congress of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia in Belgrade in what is seen as one of the key moments in the dissolution of Yugoslavia.
From left to right: Historian Božo Repe, Ciril Ribičič, the then president of the League of Communists of Slovenia and head of the Slovenian delegation at the congress, delegation member Sonja Lokar, former President Milan Kučan, delegation members Janez Kocijančič in Lev Kreft.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Ljubljana
A symposium marking 30 years since the Slovenian delegation walked out of the 14th and last congress of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia in Belgrade in what is seen as one of the key moments in the dissolution of Yugoslavia.
From left to right: historian Božo Repe and delegation members - Ciril Ribičič, the then president of the League of Communists of Slovenia and head of the Slovenian delegation at the congress, Sonja Lokar, Milan Kučan, Janez Kocijančič in Lev Kreft.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Ljubljana
Jurist Ciril Ribičič speaks to the press at a reception hosted by President Borut Pahor to remember 30 years since the Slovenian delegation left the last congress of the Yugoslav Communist Party, in what signalled the start of the party's disintegration. Ribičič was the leader of the central committee of the Slovenian Communist Party at the time and announced the delegation's departure from the congress in Belgrade on 22 January 1990.
Photo: Nik Jevšnik/STA

Ljubljana
President Borut Pahor addresses a reception to remember 30 years since the Slovenian delegation left the last congress of the Yugoslav Communist Party, in what signalled the start of the party's disintegration.
Photo: Nik Jevšnik/STA

Ljubljana
Sociologist Franci Pivec addresses a reception hosted by President Borut Pahor to remember 30 years since the Slovenian delegation left the last congress of the Yugoslav Communist Party, in what signalled the start of the party's disintegration.
Photo: Nik Jevšnik/STA

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