Foreign Ministry summoning Austrian ambassador over FPÖ youth's post

Ljubljana, 9 February - The Foreign Ministry has announced it will summon Austrian Ambassador Elisabeth Ellison-Kramer for a meeting after the youth wing of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) posted an anti-Slovenian message on social media.

Austrian Ambassador to Slovenia Elisabeth Ellison-Kramer.
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The ministry condemned in the strongest terms the Instagram post in which the Carinthian FPÖ youth wing urged voters to remove the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) from power at the upcoming provincial elections and thus stop the province's "Slovenisation".

The ministry has sent a verbal note to the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs through the Slovenian Embassy in Vienna to express concern over the post.

"The post is an abject act against the Slovenian ethnic community in the Austrian province of Carinthia and a show of rejection of the Slovenian language and culture, which are a precious part of the identity of Austrian Carinthia," the ministry said in a written statement on Thursday.

The ministry called on Austria to act and to fully implement minority rights under Article 7 of the Austrian State Treaty.

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