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Foreign Affairs Monthly Review for April 1997

In April, Slovenia dedicated most of its attention to the question whether NATO leaders would invite it to join the Alliance in the first round of enlargement at the Madrid summit this July. April began and ended with a general's visit: Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, General George Joulwan, visited in the beginning and General Klaus Naumann, NATO Military Committee Chairman, at the end of April. The generals came to get informed of what Slovenia, as a partner country, has done in forming its armed forces, what are its intentions for further dialogue with NATO, the level of the Slovene Army's interoperability with NATO's forces and its intentions for further contributions. The two generals were told that Slovenia had achieved the five basic NATO criteria: the country has established a stable democratic system and market economy, achieved a high-level human rights protection, including the rights of national minorities, it has established a democratic control over military structures and has no security problems with its neighbours.

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